Community Renewable Energy

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Concept

The World Wind Energy Association's Community Power definition of 'community renewable energy:

"The WWEA Community Power working group agreed on the following definition:


A project can be defined as Community Power if at least two of the following three criteria are fulfilled:


1. Local stakeholders own the majority or all of a project

A local individual or a group of local stakeholders, whether they are farmers, cooperatives, independent power producers, financial institutions, municipalities, schools, etc., own, immediately or eventually, the majority or all of a project.


2. Voting control rests with the community-based organization:

The community-based organization made up of local stakeholders has the majority of the voting rights concerning the decisions taken on the project.


3. The majority of social and economic benefits are distributed locally:

The major part or all of the social and economic benefits are returned to the local community." (http://www.wwindea.org/communitypowerdefinition/)


Initiative

"Community Renewable Energy (CoRE) is a social enterprise. We work with communities to develop renewable energy projects, that provide them with an income and a sustainable, secure energy supply. In return CoRE takes a stake in the companies created; to recoup development costs and to fund future community renewable energy projects." (http://www.corecoop.net/)