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Eithne George [email protected] www.sharenergy.coop. Community-Owned Renewable Energy Workshop. Agenda. 14.30 Introductions 14.40 Ingredients of successful community RE projects 14.50 Workshop: solar and hydro 15.10 Feedback and discussion 15.20 Final Q&A 15.30 Close. Energy4All.

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Eithne George

[email protected]

www.sharenergy.coop

Community-Owned Renewable Energy

Workshop

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Agenda

14.30 Introductions

14.40 Ingredients of successful community RE projects

14.50 Workshop: solar and hydro

15.10 Feedback and discussion

15.20 Final Q&A

15.30 Close

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Energy4All

Baywind (1997) --> E4A (2002)

  • 10 wind co-ops
  • 6000+ co-op members
  • £15m invested
  • 19 MW installed
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Baywind (1997) --> E4A (2002) --> Sharenergy (2011)

Range of FIT renewables, 20kW-1MW

Grassroots community ownership

Local, green co-op investment

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Private Sector

Individual co-op members & other co-ops

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Why Community Renewable Energy?

1. Energy security

2. Carbon saving

3. Reduce bills in school/hospital etc.

4. Generate income for other charitable work

5. Opportunity for wider community to participate

6. Social benefits of community action

7. Repatriation of savings into local, ethical investment

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Ingredients for Success

1. Good site

2. Good group – tenacious, with good people skills

3. Comprehensive research

4. Robust business plan

5. Free time and stamina (and thick skin if it’s a wind project)

6. Excellent networks

7. Ability to blag – e.g. for pro bono lawyers

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Workshop

1. Solar group (technical and legal/financial team)

2. Hydro group (technical and legal/financial team)

  • Your mission in 20mins:
  • Identify tasks
  • Prioritise them
  • Coordinate list with the other team
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Solar -Generic Timeline

Site search

Basic feasibility: array size + energy use on site + electricity price = deal for owner

Start building owner negotiations

Sign exclusivity agreement

Raise development finance

More detailed technical work (site surveys)

Procurement process

Detailed business model

Prepare and submit planning application

Sign Option & receive planning consent

Share offer

Build & Operate

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Hydro – Generic Timeline

Site search – including estimates of resource

Start landowner negotiations

Sign exclusivity agreement

Raise development finance

Consult relevant agencies (e.g. Environment Agency on ecology, fisheries and flood & flow control)

Pre-application work for planning (archaeology, visuals, noise & public consultation – incl river users)

More detailed technical work (layout, turbine, civils, access and grid)

Detailed business model

Sign Option & procurement process

Submit planning & permitting application

Share offer

Build & Operate

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Wind-Suggested Timeline

Site finding

Start building owner negotiations

Raise development finance

Consultation with various bodies

More detailed technical work

Detailed business model

Approach to planners

Sign Option

Go public

Wind measurement

Work for planning application

Planning process

Share offer

Build & Operate

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Handouts:
  • Slides
  • Sharenergy Wind Pack
  • Sharenergy leaflet

Eithne George

[email protected]

www.sharenergy.coop

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