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Energy Indpendence Through Community Batteries, Wind and Solar
Attribution: Art Hunter
Community energy—what does that even mean?
It’s that sweet spot nestled between individual homes and massive utility-scale projects. Think of it as a group effort, where people collectively own power generation and storage. This could be solar panels on local buildings, shared wind turbines, or even medium-scale community batteries. These community batteries, found in towns and villages, store excess power and redistribute it when renewables fall short. They’re big enough to hold substantial energy but small enough not to be a logistical nightmare like grid-scale batteries.
Community energy has a really nice vibe about it, power to the people, energy independence, insulation from price gouging utilities. But as we’re going to find out shortly, it’s not guaranteed to do any of these things and the details matter. So vibes aside, is there a role for community power in between household solutions like rooftop solar and utility scale projects like wind and solar farms and grid scale batteries? Can community energy do anything that these solutions can’t?
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