GAME CHANGING RENEWABLE ENERGY ROLL-OUT STRATEGY
A NEW APPROACH
For any Renewable Energy strategy to be very successful both the government and community of the targeted city, or township, must be 100% supportive of the undertaking. And for communities to be 100% supportive, there must be a financial up side, for each citizen, as well as the government.
Expecting communities to vigorously support the installation of Renewable Energy plants in their city, for only the purpose of lowering Green House Gas Emissions of that city, is a totally unrealistic; an out of touch expectation.
85% of the global population resides in Developing Countries, with 80% of the world's population living on less than US$10/day. In these communities worrying about where the family's next meal, or water supply, is going to come from, far exceeds their concern about their, or the world's GHG emissions.
With the above in mind, If the global community wants to have any chance of winning its war against anthropogenic climate change, it must change its approach to the roll-out of mitigation technologies.
The roll-out of Renewable Energy is a great example. New Renewable Energy Plants MUST deliver a direct, tangible, financial benefit, to each and every community member of its targeted city, as well as the local government, if it wants to be fully embraced, and expedited into the city.
INCREASING THE PROSPERITY OF YOUR CITY
'COMMUNITY OWNED & OPERATED
RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION'
Properly introducing Renewable Energy to any nation, state, city or small township can dramatically increase the wealth of the community, be that it is a city of 10 million or 10,000.
It is very hard to keep money earned within a community by community members, circulating within the community. This is because community members are forced to spend a lot of their locally earned cash, on imported goods from international manufacturers, or other cities.
This money of course leaves the community, and must some how be replaced within the local community. You could say each city community has exactly the same balance of payments issues as an entire country. Only just on a smaller scale.
Electricity which is a major bill each month for every community member of all cities, accounts for a large portion of the monies which leave a community each, and every month. Most fossil fuel electricity producers are large national, or multinational corporations who are taking all that money out of the local community, back to their national or international headquarters. These companies spend very little of the cash they collect from electricity sales in the cities that made the payments to them.
Hence with respect to nearly all cities and towns, when community members pay their electricity bills they are facilitating the transfer huge amounts of cash out from their local community, which must be replaced; if the community is to remain prosperous.
With respect state and national governments, they maybe a bit luckier as the fossil fuel electricity generators will need to have a headquarters somewhere in their nation. However state and national governments still lose hundreds of millions of dollars each year, as fossil fuelled electricity generators spend hundreds of millions of dollars importing coal and oil to fire their generation plants. Hence national governments must also look at ways to offset these huge outgoing payments of locally earned cash, overseas; to maintain their international balance of payments.
Now let's compare the above with the financial impacts a properly established Renewable Energy network can have for a city and its community members.
The first point is the RE Generators can be established very near to their targeted communities. Unlike huge, dirty coal fired power plants, RE generation can be installed very close to any city or community. And it makes very good sense to have numerous decentralised RE power plants of differing types, (solar, wind, geo-thermal, waste to energy, etc) in close proximity to the communities they are going to serve, as it takes a huge load of the national grid, and therefore lowers the cost of delivery.
It makes very good commercial sense for the local government, community, and/or businesses to have a substantial percentage of the ownership of all their local RE power generation plants. It is not critically that the community has 100% ownership. However the community and government should try to have at least a 50% stake holding in each RE generation plant.
If the RE Power plants are not initially somehow partly owned and operated by some section of the local community, the local government should look at their Build, Operate, Transfer, (BOT) or Build, Own, Operate, Transfer, (BOOT) options.
With this RE establishment model, when community members now pay their electricity bills, a very large percentage of that money will stay within their community; therefore requiring substantially less government and commercial initiatives, to try and attract money back into their community, to replace monies previously paid to international fossil fuelled generators.
Furthermore the RE generation sites will create numerous well paid long term skilled jobs. In even a small community this will keep millions of dollars per year within the community.
THE REAL BENEFITS
Although the above sounds great, however it does not represent the most significant financial benefits for communities who opt for community owned RE generators.
The largest drain by far, of community cash from a local community comes from the government and community members buying fuel for their daily transport needs.
As much as, 95% of monies spent by the government and local community members on petroleum and diesel products, leaves the community; to find its way back to an OPEC nation, or another large oil producing country and their merchants. Making them very, very rich indeed and your community quite a bit poorer.
ELECTRIFYING PUBLIC TRANSPORT
If a community of any size is producing its own RE, it only makes sense to continue increasing that output, such that all public transport could be powered by electricity produced locally.
Electrifying buses for instance will save the local government huge amounts of money on transport costs.
But what is of even greater importance, is that all monies the government spends on buying electricity to charge its buses, stays within their local community; as the community, in some form, owns the electricity generation plants.
Now lets take it one step further.
If community members are keen to lower their taxes and make sure their community is a very prosperous one, they need to stop driving fossil fueled cars. Their present fuel buying habits are draining their local community of millions of dollars per week; only to make OPEC countries rich.
If the local community was to increase their local RE generation even more, there is no reason why any city, town or village could not have a 100% electric transportation system, where 100% of the money spent on fuel (electricity) stayed inside the city and community.
In fact this transportation methodology, impacts the bottom line of a community so greatly, that it warrants the local government giving substantial incentives to community members to change their mode of transport, from petrol, to electric.
THOSE WHO SAY
"IT CAN'T BE DONE".
Do not let supposed experts tell you the above cannot be done.
It can easily be achieved, especially if the community is well informed as to how these changes will directly impact the prosperity of the community. It cannot be achieved with a single project in short period of time. However it can most definitely be achieved in a set of well planned stages; with the completion of each stage increasing the community's prosperity
If supposed experts tell you it cannot be achieved because RE is not a base load power generator, it should tell you straight away the person you are talking to, is not an expert.
Today, there are numerous energy storage techniques and technologies, which can easily, and cost effectively, compensate for any RE non-production times. It just takes some skilled planning to achieve.
Furthermore we are not talking about removing the city from the national grid. The city will have the ability to draw power from the national grid when needed, as it will also have the ability to sell any excess electricity it produces back into the grid.
ATTRACTING NEW INDUSTRIES & JOBS TO YOUR CITY
One of the major outgoings for any industry is electricity. At present it is difficult for most cities and towns to offer any discounts for electricity to new businesses contemplating establishing themselves in your city.
However once the community has some ownership of the electricity generation RE plants, cities will be able to offer substantial discounts on electricity to new companies which are going to create hundreds of new jobs within their community.
Many communities and Governments, especially from smaller cities and townships, dismiss the above idea because they believe their community or government is not rich enough to qualify, or provide guarantees for, the US$100 million loans required to build a 100MW solar farm, for example.
This is a totally wrong perception, of the Renewable Energy finance sector and it is what is delaying hundreds, if not thousands, of cities and towns across the planet from quickly adopting community owned and operated renewable energy technologies in their community.
WHAT DOES A COMMUNITY NEED TO GAIN FINANCE
Of course different RE technologies require different prerequisites and submissions to obtain finance. However they are very basic and fairly easy for communities to fulfil.
1/ FEASIBILITY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
The feasibility and environmental studies will be completed by the RE contractor that the city appoints to construct the RE generator; be that wind, solar, geo-thermal, etc . However local community members know more about their region than anyone else. They will know for instance, where the sun shines brightest for the greatest number of days per year, and where the wind blows strongest, for the most days. Locals will also know where there maybe environmental issues. These local knowledge inputs can dramatically assist your contractor with the necessary surveys and studies.
2/ POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT
The most important requirement for gaining finance for your RE installation is a solid power purchase agreement with your local power provider. This agreement basically says your power provider agrees to buy all the power produced by your RE installation for the term of your loan, at a negotiated price.
The local government and community should be able to expedite a solid power purchase agreement with your local power provider.
Once your community has a Feasibility and Environmental Study for each particular RE Project, and you have solid bankable power purchase agreements for each project, with your local power provider, your community and or government, will without any further guarantees, quite easily gain finance for each RE project the community or government puts forth.
GAINING FINANCE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PLANTS
Mr Phillips, the Founder of PLAN-B is keen to assist as many communities as possible implement,
"COMMUNITY OWNED & OPERATED
RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATORS"
If your community, no matter what its size, is keen to investigate various RE options, Mr Phillips will gladly lead a team of RE experts and financiers, from all fields of RE generation to your city or town to discuss with both the local government and community, the huge advantages of implementing a community owned renewable energy generator.
You can contact Mr Phillips at, firstname.lastname@example.org