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Rooftops, Energy Storage, and IOU Business Model

Rooftops, Energy Storage, and IOU Business Model | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The crux of the problem is a positive feedback loop that raises utility rates as more customers produce more of their own power.  They use less power from the grid, and so the fixed costs of transmission, distribution, and generating assets must be recovered over a shrinking base  That drives up rates and gives customers that much more incentive to produce their own power.  Moreover, the fixed costs themselves increase, as the shrinking demand for kilowatt-hours torpedoes credit ratings and raises the IOU's cost of capital.  The end result could ultimately be wholesale bankruptcy.

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French village shows way to have wind take them out of debt

The wind of fortune has swept into Arfons, a village in the Tarn region of southwestern France, whose budget has rocketed fivefold in the past three years from 400,000 euros to 2.3 million euros (£1.94 million) – or 12,169 euros per person.

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Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy

Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

There is much meaning behind the name Community Power. It does not only refer to electrical power generated by a community; it also implies individual and community empowerment.

Community Power enables individuals to take steps towards the betterment of the environment, their communities, and also their personal finances. It also enables these individuals to gather for a common purpose and achieve something extraordinary, as a community. This is where true economic, environmental and social sustainability lies. Through igniting individual behaviour change and community solidarity, Community Power starts an empowering process that enables communities to provide local solutions to their local needs for the long term.

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"A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that the impact of community-owned projects on jobs creation during construction period is 1.1 to 1.3 times higher than corporate ones, and 1.1 to 2.8 times higher during operations period.

 

The employment and investment impact of community-owned projects can also go beyond a local community. Community ownership played a pivotal role in Germany and Denmark becoming global leaders not only in renewable energy generation but also in energy research & development and systems manufacturing. Currently, more than 50% of Germany’s renewable power is generated by community-based projects, and 80% of Denmark’s world-renowned windmills are cooperatively owned. ..."


Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1xJmi)Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/28/community-power-renewing-communities-through-renewable-energy/#9BJDEsWlYydVVI10.99

 

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“Green” community bonds gather momentum in Ontario

“Green” community bonds gather momentum in Ontario | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
There is plenty of good news happening around community bonds in my home province. SolarShare, for example, announced on Dec. 6 that it had been approved by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to sell bonds (which offer a 5 per cent annual return) beyond a cap of $1,000. It is now selling up to $25,000, and can go even higher if requests are approved on an individual basis by their board of directors. This has opened up the possibility off pursuing projects more aggressively. The co-op is now going through a process to make its bonds RRSP-eligible. “Once an independent evaluation of SolarShare mortgages that secure your bonds is complete and we have received a legal opinion based on that evaluation, a self-directed RRSP account can be opened through Concentra Credit Union via the Canadian Workers Co-op Federation (CWCF),” the co-op reported in a recent newsletter. “You are also welcome to take that legal opinion to your own wealth management representative and request an account through other channels” – i.e. you can take it to your own bank and make a case for carrying the bonds in your existing self-directed RRSP.
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World's first community-owned tidal turbine to power up

World's first community-owned tidal turbine to power up | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The Nova-30 (30kW) tidal turbine employs a horizontal axis, three-bladed rotor to extract reliable and predictable energy from the tides. The turbine, which will be deployed in the Bluemull Sound between the islands of Yell and Unst, will be ...
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India: Forget the grid, community power is here - A New Era of Entrepreneurs

It just so happens that taking advantage of this proposition solves another vexing problem for mobile phone providers — costly diesel. By switching out the expensive diesel gen sets that power their off-grid “base stations” — radio towers that convert electricity into radio waves — the companies save money. In India alone there are an estimated 400,000 towers over 150,000 of which don’t have reliable access to the grid.

 

This is where Community Power comes in. These base stations act as anchor clients for small scale energy projects by committing to the purchase of a majority of the power supply generated by a company like OMC. With this guaranteed revenue stream in hand, OMC can then sell their excess power generation to local communities via mini-grids, transportable batteries, or by directly charging applications (like phones) on site. This helps the mobile phone companies keep their customers phones charged, it reduces their monthly power bills, and it electrify’s rural communities — this is community power.


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Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany

Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The move away from conventional scources of energy in Germany is driven primarily by citizens. An increasing number of people work together by forming cooperatives to build wind farms and solar plants.

 

Cooperatives have experienced a revival in Germany. In 2006, eight new energy cooperatives were founded. In 2011 alone, this number was 167. And the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation expects the figure to be even higher for 2012.


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New England Renewable: First Community Geothermal System in ...

New England Renewable: First Community Geothermal System in ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
There is a tremendous value to geothermal energy; understood widely as the single most efficient way to heat and cool a home or building. The initial costs are quickly absorbed within several years and the payback of lower ...
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Renewable energy empowers communities

Renewable energy empowers communities | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
As a coalition of UK charities calls for an increased focus on community-owned renewables, Martin Wright reflects on the potential of local energy ownership (RT @briznrg: @PositiveNewsUK great to see your article about community energy and #comshares...
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Community Renewable Energy | Renewable Green Energy Power

Community Renewable Energy | Renewable Green Energy Power | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

In our previous article we have introduced the term and idea of Community Renewable Energy, CRE, when we introduced the concept of Renewable Green Energy Community, RGEC. It was mentioned that one of the characteristics of a RGEC is that it has a Community Renewable Energy infrastructure to cover the needs of the community to an as much great extend as possible.

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renewable power sources are really significant.....

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Solar Energy and Community Projects

Solar Energy and Community Projects | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
What does it take to cook up a community solar project? A dash of crowdfunding, a pinch of grassroots outreach, and a generous helping of persistence. That’s the word from San Francisco nonprofits RE-volv and Everybody Solar.
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Energy co-ops are cutting household bills alongside carbon emissions

Energy co-ops are cutting household bills alongside carbon emissions | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Ruth Rosselson is an environmental pioneer. The freelance writer and community trainer is one of the first homeowners to sign up with the Manchester-based Carbon Co-op for a programme of energy-efficiency improvements that will transform her cold and draughty house into a warm and toasty low-energy home.

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Local Solar: Minnesota Develops Its First Community Solar Project

Local Solar: Minnesota Develops Its First Community Solar Project | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
by John Farrell, via Renewable Energy World As community solar grows in popularity, an innovative solar project by the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Minnesota highlights the opportunity of merging local ownership with locally...

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Solar Knowledge: California Weighs Innovative Community Solar Bill

Rooftop solar power is growing like crazy in California. But there's a big problem: About 44 percent of California residents are renters, not homeowners. That means that nearly half the residents of the state can't purchase solar-generated electricity even if they want to.
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Crowdfunding for Community Power?

Crowdfunding for Community Power? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Back in April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and one of the most-heralded elements was so-called crowdfunding. The law sought to solve a major problem: it’s hard to finance small-scale business ventures. Wall Street only cares about multi-million dollar plays and securities regulations make small-dollar projects rather difficult (and costly) to jointly fund.


The Act could have big implications for community-based renewable energy projects.

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A successful story of solar stimulus

A successful story of solar stimulus | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

A recent front-page story in the Cape Cod Times uncovered a situation where the American recovery and Reinvestment Act (the ARRA – remember that?) has been successful.  And since it involves sustainability and since the words “project manager” and “jobs” were featured heavily throughout the story, we thought we’d share much of it with you here.


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the feature of solar panel getting really brighter even mobile phone charger become solar
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Citizens Group Looking to Buy Berlin Grid (to Integrate More Renewable Energy)

Citizens Group Looking to Buy Berlin Grid (to Integrate More Renewable Energy) | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Apparently, a citizens group in Berlin is looking to buy the capital city’s electricity grid. The group, Bürger Energie Berlin (BEB), wouldn’t be the first to do such a thing. As noted in this post on the documentary Power Play, Germans in the village of Schönau bought their grid decades ago and turned the area into a renewable energy leader.

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How to power an entire neighborhood with Solar Energy

How to power an entire neighborhood with Solar Energy | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

"How do you help a community transition from passive consumers of energy into active producers?"

 

"One way to accomplish this is to start a neighborhood solar co-op."

 

"That’s just what the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. did. How did they do it?"


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Help for community renewables

Help for community renewables | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Loan scheme and register to help Scots benefit from renewable energy. CARES Community and Renewable Energy Loan Scheme.
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