Around the world, the idea that communities install, own, and enjoy some of the benefits of renewable energy is growing fast.
Articles: community energy projects (14)
When we fit solar on community buildings, the buildings get cheaper and greener electricity, local people can obviously invest in what we’re doing, and we’ve set up a community fund that will cross-subsidise other energy projects, and indeed, community projects more generally.
I think that if you haven't built connections with other people when good things are happening, they probably won't be there when bad things are happening. Community is created by filling the cup that you share with other people...
Impact investing is investing to achieve a return in something you also believe in and wish to support.
In a December 2014 report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, John Farrell makes the case for a more radical shift, which he calls "Utility 3.0" or "energy democracy."
It is important to keep in mind that technologies aren’t neutral.
One of the key recommendations is the feed in tariff which is probably inspired by the successful German implementation of solar energy.
What is holding Ireland back from becoming more sustainable?
An interview with local activist Bruce Seifer who co-authored the book Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy.
But how does this push for fracking compare to a different approach, one built around community renewables, community ownership, and energy being seen in a wider context of local economic regeneration and resilience? Let's see ...