Community drivers Save money! Make money!! Energy security Reduce carbon footprint Environment, quality of life benefits Educational benefits Business diversification Retain and also create jobs Part of market placement.......
Community Energy Consider total energy needs (electricity and heat) and pattern of usage Are there efficiency savings to be made? How best to satisfy this from a range of renewable energy options available (hydro, wind, solar, heat pumps, AD …..) Consider existing arrangements and retention as back-up Size wood boiler accordingly, buffer tank included, access etc Perhaps multiple units used Local fuel supply including......
Hybrid solutions Wood fuel provides all hot water and space heating in winter A combination of wood fuel and solar thermal work in the spring and autumn Solar thermal provides all hot water in the summer
Meeting Energy Needs PV generates 60 - 70% electricity needs (3.06kWp) THERMAL STORE Solar thermal generates a third of hot water needed (5.1 kWth) Multifuel stove/ back boiler generates remaining space heat needs to a maximum of 19.2kWth 4kWe immersion heaters
Feed in Tariff Introduced 1 st April 2010 Marketed as Green Cash Back PV, AD, Hydro, Wind, MicroCHP pilot Paid on all electrcity generated Up to 41.3p/ kWh for PV (buy in 13p/ kWh) A further 3p/ kWh for units exported Halved the payback for PV 4.8% increase as from April 2011 Changes anticipated prior to April 2012 for systems >50kWp (19 th July?)
Renewable Heat Incentive First fiscal assistance for renewable heat Recognises the importance Biomass, ASHP, GSHP, solar thermal Will commence Summer 2011? Up to 9p/ kWhth for small biomass Up to 18p/ kWhth for solar
A ComESCo? Establish a company to manage community energy assets Draw in grants, source financing needed Local share issue and buy in Operate and maintain Match fossil price per kWth Partner with local wood fuel suppliers and SRC growers with extended supply contract