How would you define a community energy project?
In the recent FiT Review consultation document (published on 31st October 2011) regarding changes to Solar PV tariff levels, DECC invited feedback on community energy projects. They are considering the idea of a new (and higher) tariff specifically to support "genuine" community energy schemes.
Here's what it said in their report...
7. We are also considering whether more could be done to enable genuine community projects to be able to fully benefit from FITs. We will provide more detail on this in the second consultation on the comprehensive review [due out before the end of 2011] but we would, in the meantime, welcome any views on this and whether, for example, a definition of community scheme is required and, if so, how this should be defined?
So how would you define a 'community energy scheme'? Given this is more about FiT tariffs, let's assume this would be a 'community energy generation project' rather than one focused on making efficiency savings...although, as with many generation projects, the revenue from the scheme could support energy efficiency work in the community.
One of our articles - Developing a community energy project – which option is right for you? - tries to define some of the key concepts - would you agree?