Renewable Community Energy is a very simple concept. Similar to the long existing rural cooperatives, community renewable energy is the combination of community, residents, businesses and councils owning their own renewable power generation! It is about helping the environment by investing in renewable energies. It is about creating profits to benefit the local community, keeping revenues within the region. It is also about creating identification with renewable power generation, it is about encouraging local pride, about creating local jobs, it is about enhancing the community spirit and securing the community future by taking your destiny in your own hands.
A community renewable energy project is usually smaller scale than traditional renewable energy projects. For example, a community wind project may consist of only a small number of turbines (1-10). It is classified as distributed power generation, usually connected to the local electricity network. Community renewable energy projects generally have very limited infrastructure requirements allowing all energy generated to be consumed locally and thus directly benefiting the local community and environment. Distributed power generation reduces the transmission losses generally associated with energy transport and therefore does not require massive transmission infrastructure.
We at Australian Community Energy help facilitate this true collaboration by working together with local Councils, residents, businesses and interest groups providing our know-how and experience and committing our resources to the success of local renewable energy development.