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On-site and off-site community solar options: What’s right for you?

In the second part of a pv magazine series on commercial-scale solar, we look at community solar options as a viable alternative for tenants and owners alike.

Italy devotes €1.1bn to agrivoltaics, €2bn to energy communities and storage

The funds will be part of the EU Covid-19 recovery package. Overall, the Italian government expects to deploy 2 GW of agrivoltaics and 2 GW through energy communities.

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Italy launches first solar energy community in social housing project

An energy community in northern Italy will integrate a PV installation with a storage system to power 48 households of a social housing project and a fleet of rented electric vehicles. It is a collective effort that could be replicable as soon as 2023.

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When agrivoltaics meet energy communities

Spain’s Tranesol is setting up two energy communities that will be powered by 2.5 MW of agrivoltaics. The two facilities will be located in the Valencian Community, which is at the forefront for supporting projects for solar power sharing.

Italian solar energy community benefits its members with up to €140/MWh in annual savings

The Italian regulation about renewable energy communities entered into force last December. Market operators are now working to establish renewable energy communities (RECs) in Italy. Ènostra coop is currently completing the feasibility study for the development of two RECs in Sardinia. pv magazine spoke with project manager Christian Bartolomeo.

Behind-the-meter solar sharing technology from Australia

Allume Energy’s SolShare technology equitably spreads the solar love among residents of community housing and apartment buildings that can install PV on top. It has just achieved the certification that will let residents of “multi-family units” across America enjoy the benefits of renewable energy.

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Italy awards tariff of €0.11/kWh for shared electricity in energy communities

Energy communities in Italy will be awarded a special tariff for all shared power in renewable energy systems not exceeding 200 kW in size. Surplus power can be injected into the grid, but with no remuneration, which may encourage the members of these communities to resort to storage.

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Chile introduces energy communities

The government has published new rules for distributed generation which will come into force on November 6.

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Germany could add 140 GW of small solar by 2030

The government is aiming for 100 GW of installed generation capacity this decade but analysts suggest 170 GW will be needed to avoid electricity shortages and solar rooftops could hold the key.

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France expands limits of ‘energy communities’

The French energy regulator has expanded the maximum permitted distance between members of an energy community from 2 km to 20 km.

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