Sunday, 23 June 2013
Do-it-yourself energy: community grids
Instead, I propose to aim for single household or community sized power grids made of alternative energy sources. These smaller systems would deal with many of the inefficiencies that plague larger solar or wind farms. In addition, it would put the burden of looking after energy production on the household or community which uses the array. This would change energy from being a purely government run enterprise and put it into the hands of the people. Also, while this would not end our use of traditional electricity methods, it would decrease our use sufficiently which in turn would decrease the amount of pollution created by these plants. Most importantly, this idea can be used to bring power worldwide. Instead of having to spend millions or billions of dollars laying the infrastructure for single point energy creation, you can go from community to community and make the self-sustaining.
Marblar - Household/Community sized alternative energy electric grids
The Scottish Government is taking this very seriously:
It was clear that the community energy scene is vibrant in Scotland (with interest growing in England and Wales as well) and that, while grid connection is a major challenge, there is a high level of interest in smarter grid integration approaches and an appetite for innovative solutions to grid integration.
Smarter Grid Solutions Blog : Growth in community energy spurred on by smart grid technology