CCCE Central Coast Community Energy Association Incorporated
CCCE Central Coast Community Energy Association Incorporated www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation Agenda Situation of CCCE History Projects Lessons learned Report from Congress last week in Canberra Signs of hope Solar cost calculator
Is solar PV worth it? www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation Central Coast What we do: Community Energy Location: Legal definition: Association Incorporated Incorporated: 27th of August 2012 Purpose: to power the Central Coast with community owned renewable energy.
Establish a co-operative Negotiate discounts on behalf of its members Educate members and the public on renewable energy Liaise with stakeholders and foster community engagement www.cccommunityenergy.org CCCE presentation by Joachim Muller What is Community Energy ? Community ownership of renewable energy production Bridging the gap between individual and large-scale installations
Financial benefits stay in the community Public acceptance Community empowerment Educational benefits Small projects can lead to larger ones www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation CCCE History
Established as incorporated association nearly two years ago First members mainly from friendly local environment groups and Greens Within year 70 members (poor renewal, now in the second year just 35!) 150 on email list (now 200) Received $2000 donation from local environmental group (PEG) Received $50,000 grant from OEH in June 2013 Grant project Received financial and tax advice
Received legal advice Documentation for establishment of co-op is nearly ready Engaged with Gosford City Council and other potential www.cccommunityenergy.org CCCE presentation by Joachim Muller clients/hosts CCCE Strategy Interested in all kinds of mature renewable energy systems Starting with solar PV because it appears to be the fastest and easiest to establish Engage with community and promote renewable energy Do something which has a tangible outcome
Establish a co-op and own renewable energy system Organise bulk buy for members Main initial priority: Project with local Council www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation CCCE Activities
Committee (7 members) meets every two to 6 weeks Website: www.cccommunityenergy.org Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/CCCommunityEnergy Newsletter Press releases most successful activity for us Stalls at local events (about 20) Various talks (about CCCE, solar PV, electricity cost, Climate Change) Grant project with OEH Working with various advisers Contact with other community energy groups and stake holders Engagement with local eco village (Narara Eco Village) Members attended various solar conferences, exhibitions, talks, training sessions Developed financial model For community energy with PV For domestic PV http://www.sun2steam.com.au/index.php/solar-pv-investment-calculator/ For energy saving
http://www.sun2steam.com.au/index.php/energy-cost-savings-calculator/ www.cccommunityenergy.org CCCE presentation by Joachim Muller Contacts with potential clients CCCE potential Projects Our initial plan to work with Gosford council has failed Council suggested to form PPP Agreed on possible project: Leisure Centre, up to 300kW Made proposal to Council, PPA of 22 cent/kWh Reply: Council will do it alone, at levelised cost of 9 cent/kWh We could offer a 100 kW PV system to a local company but have not so because our relative high fixed costs are driving price of electricity up
Discussions with other potential clients have not resulted in a project local Fire Brigade: many very small systems One place: did 100kW solar PV by themselves because of depreciation Wyong Council: small project (30kW appeared possible, but we were not yet willing and ready) Planning to talk to local Clubs www.cccommunityenergy.org CCCE presentation We need total installations of >300kW to offer attractive PPA by Joachim Muller CCCE Project Structure www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation
CCCE Lessons learned Easy to start when using network of friendly organisations Committee (7 members) meets every 2 to 6 weeks but not much work gets done if most members have a full time job and family Steep
Finding money is a problem, but it also a problem, when receiving a grant Advisers rarely hold your hand. They only give answers to your questions Costs for consultants are shocking learning curve with so many different areas to know about Social media, website Press releases Running an association / a co-op Engaging with, recruiting and keeping members Technology Dealing with Council Talking with clients and stake holders Accounting Financial modelling Dealing with a volunteer organisation/Group dynamics Managing a grant project www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation CCCE Problems
Catch 22: No project without finance (e.g. by established co-op) No co-op without secured project High annual cost of co-op (fees, insurance, administration, part time staff) (about $24,000) make electricity price (PPA) for clients unattractive Lack of feed-in tariff makes projects so much harder Volunteer organisations are slow and difficult to manage Getting things done The RET may collapse, making projects unviable
Problems of retaining members as long as we cannot offer anything Members of association are not the same as members of the co-op www.cccommunityenergy.org Transition from by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation association to co-op (at the moment on stand-by) CCCE our dream (but rather solar than wind) CC Hepburn Wind, flickr www.cccommunityenergy.org
by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation Easy to start when using network of friendly organisations About 350 participants Mainly volunteers Strong support from Office of Environment and Heritage www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation Congress report (1) Great organisation, >300 participants, 2 days - a real buzz 45 community groups around Australia similar to CCCE. Two operable Hepburn Wind in Victoria and Denmark wind in WA. Meir of German village presented village with 300% renewable energy
supply Renewable energy as part of a regional development - environmental, economic and social benefit. Community engagement does take time, but can be a catalyst Initiated collaboration in various groups The ACT Government: new renewable electricity consumption target of 90% renewables by 2020 (NSW 20% target) Great presentation by Rob Stokes, our minister for the Central Coast CCCE presentation www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller Feed in tariff 20 cent/kWh For community energy Capped at 1000 kW www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller
CCCE presentation Talk Rob Stok es www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation Congress report (2) Problems: RET will it survive ARENA hanging on a shoe string Solutions: Feed-in tariff, Virtual Net Metering Different funding models available grants, loans, crowd-funding, philanthropy www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation CCCE our dream
(but rather solar than wind) CC Hepburn Wind, flickr www.cccommunityenergy.org by Joachim Muller CCCE presentation
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