What can your Community Group expect on Registering as a member of Community Power Group:
- Community Power will provide advice and guidance on legal structures for communities, land leases (including Lease Option), planning (including all studies & impact assessments), grid connections, RESS auctions, finance for project, construction and operation.
- Community Power is also a vehicle for all individual community groups to make representations whereby we can influence policy, promote the Community ethos, attempt to ensure commercial viability for Community Projects, and with the common purpose of building community owned renewable electricity generation projects and suppling electricity locally through Community Power.
- You are expected to pay the Annual Subscription and expand the Community Power customer base .
The first steps for each Community would include, identifying a suitable site (preferable adjacent to an ESB Power-station), land lease/lease option, RESS (see below for further details) Auction application and acquiring Planning Permission.
Community Power will also provide advice for successful projects (i.e. having secured Lease, Grid Connection and Planning) in the next phase which includes; Secure Finance/Investment Options, Tendering and Construction stage, Commissioning and operation of the facility.
Renewable Electricity Support Scheme
The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) is the new State funded program which enables communities to become involved in energy generation projects. Significant revenue streams, six and seven figure sums, can accrue to communities annually via such projects.
The State guarantees that successful RESS projects will have their electricity output presold, at fixed prices, for upwards of fifteen years. Therefore, the economic viability of the projects can be validated, de-risked and made bankable ever before construction takes place. Communities now have an opportunity to lead in the decarbonisation of our society and economy.
Templederry Community Windfarm in Tipperary is operating since 2012 and it is Irelands FIRST and ONLY community owned energy generation project. Community Power, a Templederry trading name, sells electricity to homes and industries across Ireland.
Community Power is assisting urban & rural communities throughout Ireland to become involved in the RESS program. The first RESS program (RESS-1) commenced in 2020 and we are delighted that Community Power has been successful in assisting Claremorris Energy Coop in Mayo and Dunmore Energy Community in Galway to get through the auction. These two communities will commence building their solar parks in 2021 – 2022 and transmitting power to the national grid in 2021/2, with revenue flowing back into the communities also.
Applications for the next RESS programs (RESS-2 &) has begun. We are assisting many communities around Ireland with RESS-2 & 3 and it is hoped the construction and the revenue streams of the solar parks will start in 2022-3.
We serve the common good, as such we believe communities should seek to enable & empower each other in a socially responsible and sustainable way. Assisting communities to successfully navigate the RESS program, and process, enables us to deliver on our mandate. We envision ownership, control and revenues residing (100%) with the communities.
The RESS program is administered by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/topics/Renewable-Energy/electricity/renewable-electricity-supports/ress/Pages/default.aspx
Below are two extracts from the DCCAE – RESS community roadshow, in January 2020.
The DCCAE acknowledges Templederry Windfarm in Tipperary as a contribution to the Community Energy Sector