10 Sep '13, 2pm

5 Barriers and Solutions for Community Renewable Energy

5 Barriers and Solutions for Community Renewable Energy

Community renewable energy has significant political and economic benefits, but is often hindered by five major barriers. Read on for a summary of the five barriers, watch them in a 17-minute presentation , or check out the illustrated slideshow below. Barrier one is tradition. Utilities are simply used to operating a grid in a 20th century model, where large-scale power plants are connected in a top-down, one-way grid to power consumers. Policies that have allowed for on-site solar and wind generation, for consumers to be instead producers, have nibbled at the margins of this tradition. It's only in the past year that utilities have realized how low-cost solar power can fundamentally up-end their entire business model . And the response has often been to entrench . A second barrier facing community-based renewable energy is capital — upfront cash to buy a solar array or w...

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