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Community Power Scotland: From remote island grids to urban solar co-ops

I work for Friends of the Earth Scotland on Community Power (www.communitypower.eu) and we recently produced a short film about positive examples of community energy initiatives in Scotland In addition we produced a more detailed case study report. http://www.foe-scotland.org.uk/sites/files/CommunityPower%202.pdf

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The aim of the film and accompanying report is to share positive initiatives in Scotland that range from electricity generation, grid management, work on fuel poverty and community transport. We see these outputs as important tools for getting the message out there about the benefits of community energy but also to highlight some of the difficulties communities encounter including access to funds, regulatory barriers, grid access, bureaucratic processes, and limitied volunteer time and capabilities. 

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Here in the States you hear people talk about how renewable energy is the right thing for the environment. You hear a lot less about how it’s a decent way for people in small communities to make money. The interviewee's business acumen gave the case for renewable energy an extra layer of credibility.

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We need to think about designing the business of renewable energy as much as the physics if it’s to be truly sustainable.

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