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Community Renewable Energy Systems

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The term Community Renewable Energy Systems can be succinctly defined following Klein and Coffey (2016) as follows:

a project to service a group of people at the same geographic location (usually, town size or smaller) with a set of common interests, comprising a self-contained local energy supply system that distributes the energy produced locally (i.e., within the same area) by renewable energy resources; energy management systems and technologies; and methods to share the energy resources, costs, and benefits among all the stakeholders.

Community renewable energy systems typically incorporate some form of peer-to-peer sharing of energy for enhanced efficiency, autonomy, and profits.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Energy SystemsLUT UniversityLappeenrantaFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Haruna Musa Moda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health ProfessionsManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK