Templederry Community Wind Farm - Engaging the Community

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Published on February 20, 2014

Author: TippEnergy

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A presentation about Templederry Community Wind Farm, Co. Tipperary, Ireland's only community owned Wind Farm. Templederry was officially opened in September 2013 and produces enough green energy to power 3,500 houses.

Templederry Community Windfarm Engaging the Community Paul Kenny, B.E. C. Eng. Chief Executive Tipperary Energy Agency Irish Renewable Energy Summit

Context • • • • • Upland parish, declining population Rural development consultation (1999) RES identified as key opportunity Wind, Wood, AD feasibility examined. Wind development co. formed and locals invited to invest (2001/2) • Public meetings, parish newsletter, local press etc. • Initial investment €500, subsequent investments over 10 years.

Background: Timelines • • • • • • • • Public meetings for investors (2001) Planning & grid application (2003) Grid offer gate 2 (2007) 2nd planning appl. (2007 – 2009) Financing, PPA, Legal (2010-2011) Civil start (April 2012) Commissioning (Nov 2012) Patience & perseverance.

Ownership: All Local 27 Equal Individual Members Tipperary Energy Agency Community Benefit Co-op

Economics Value to Local Economy / MW / Annum Ownership Benefit Accruing to Local Economy 85,702 Non Local Spend Local Spend Ownership Revenue 148,559 90,036

Imperative is Clear Community Developed Autogeneration Large Scale with Co-ownership Farm Scale

Lessons for Community Development • Local ownership brings majority of community on board, but not all. • Communities have steep learning curves • lots of barriers to overcome • Enercon’s community ethos • New financing models developed. • Need community priority access to grid for small scale full ownership.

Lessons: Acceptance Community Investment Opportunity 0-20km Local Community Benefit Scheme 8.00% 7.00% 6.00% 5.00% Danish Model - Local opportunity - Prospectus checked by third party - Minimum % share (5-10%) - Maximum individual value Community Benefit: Fair share? - Tax incentive Gross Revenue Net Revenue 4.00% 3.00% 2.00% Nearby: Benefit 1.00% 0.00% Nearby Residences (400m-750m): - Either Ownership/ Relationship - IWEA CB Alternate subsidy of energy bill Templederry Renewable UK - Linked to impact/ perceived - Better than DCELG proposed <500m

Policy Requirements Promoting Community Scale Developments: - Grid access for community - Technical/ admin support Acceptance of large scale • Co-ownership scheme with tax incentives • Transparent scaled near-turbine benefits • Increased revenue for community benefits

Tipperary Energy Agency • • • • • • • Paul Kenny Chief Executive • T: 052 7443090 • F: 052 7443012 • E: pkenny@tea.ie • W: www.tea.ie • Non profit, public good enterprise Partnership approach Energy management Renewable energy and energy efficiency Procurement, project mgmt. Cost effective, value driven

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