Small-scale community solar guide

5 Sep 2017

This set of resources outlines what you need to know to get a small-scale community solar project off the ground. Specifically, this Guide aims to help community energy groups to understand:

x The models of community solar that we know work in the current context

x The legal structures and arrangements that underpin these models

x The reasons why they do work in the current context

x The constraints that make alternative models challenging

x Which of these models might be appropriate for your community group

x The first steps to start implementing the most appropriate model.

The current energy market context and regulatory environment makes setting up a community energy project challenging. The small-scale community solar models outlined in this Guide have been selected because they are proven to work in the current context. It should be noted that each model has specific requirements, so may not work in your community, or may need to be adapted to suit your local context. This Guide should not dissuade your community energy group from innovating and trying to create other models of community energy generally and community solar specifically. Indeed, many of these models are the result of innovation and adaptation. Most importantly, these resources are intended to help you learn from others, provide options and make it easier to navigate the complexity of setting up your own project.

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