The Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE) has released a new edition of its Small Scale Community Solar Guide, which aims to help more community renewable energy projects to get off the ground.
The guide comes in response to the growing popularity of community solar and showcases seven successful community solar projects which have been set up using different structures. It includes details of the financial and legal structure of each and recommendations about which setups would be best suited to different types of initiatives.
Projects include Lismore’s Farming The Sun initiative, which is a collaboration with Starfish Initiatives and demonstrates a community – Council partnership model.
Starfish also collaborated in writing the guide.
Tom Nockolds, co-author of the guide and co-founder of Pingala, said the C4CE expects the community renewables sector to continue to grow.
“Communities are fed up with all the politicking around energy in this country, and are just getting on and creating their own clean energy projects,” he said.
“They are learning from each other, and they are having an immediate, positive impact in their local areas.”
The aim of the guide is to spread this learning and impact as far and wide as possible.
Download the Small Scale Community Solar Guide here.