Reflections on the Costs & Benefits of

Community Renewables
Fukushima City, November 2016
Jelte Harnmeijer, Ph.D. C.C.P.
Director, Scene Consulting

Fellow (Renewable Energy), James Hutton Institute
Fellow (Climate Change Economics), U. of Edinburgh
Fellow (Carbon Finance), U. of Edinburgh

0

Not sure yet

Other investment

Transport

Public recreation
areas

Public buildings

Investment in
community…

Saving for future
projects

Education and
awareness…

Running costs for
community…

Further energy
projects

% of respondents

Benefit (1): Reinvestment

How do you spend or plan to spend your community
renewables revenue?

70

60

50

40

30

20

10

Benefit (2): Low hurdle rate (cheap finance)
Date share raise
Investor return (%)
commenced
5.0
May-15

Project name

Technology

Scale (kW)

Braemar

Hydro

100

Bristol (2)

Solar

180

Dec-13

4.0

Bury

Hydro

75

Feb-15

4.7

Corwen

Hydro

42

Feb-15

4.8

Dingwall

Wind

250

Sep-13

6.5

Garmony

Hydro

400

Nov-13

4.0

Harlaw

Hydro

65

Apr-13

5.0

Heartland

Wind

500

2015

7.0

High Winds

Wind

4600

2014

6.0

Islay Energy

Wind

330

Jan-14

4.0

Liverpool

Solar

50

Mar-15

4.7

Ludlow

Hydro

30

Feb-15

5.5

New Leaf

Solar

250

Mar-15

5.0

NICE

Solar

50

Mar-15

4.0

Pomona

Solar

1000

Mar-15

6.1

Sunart

Hydro

100

Oct-14

4.0

Urras

Wind

1800

Oct-14

6.0

Wester Derry

Wind

250

Apr-14

7.0

Whalley

Hydro

100

Nov-13

3.0

Selection of recent
community energy share
raises

UK Community Renewables are growing at ~30% per year

lg
row

Total
Community
Sector

30
%

an
nu
a

50

40

Wholly-Owned
by Community

30

Jointly-Owned
by Community

20

10

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

0
1998

Total Operational Capacity (MW)

th

60

Benefit (3&4): Low-Carbon Energy Access
• Piggybacking over old-fashioned energy systems

No electricity

AC-based centralised
fossil-fueled
electricity system

Renewables
microgrids

どうもありがとうございます

Jelte.H@scene.community
Director, Scene Consulting

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