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The Community Power Report: Summer in Review

The Community Power Report: Summer in Review

Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
The Community Power Report
September 4, 2012

We had a summer full of sun here at The Community Power Report. That was the case not only because we are in the Northern Hemipshere, but also because  solar energy projects have been proliferating in communities all across the world for the past 3 months. Let’s take a look at different factors that enabled this growth:

Faith Communities Have Faith in Solar
The Sun has been considered sacred by humans since the dawn of time. Nowadays, this belief has taken a whole new level: Faith-based organizations of all backgrounds are putting their beliefs in practice by not only praising the sun, but also using its energy to protect the environment, to generate extra income and/or save on energy costs, and ultimately to pursue their missions as faith communities. 
There also exists a wonderful organization that assists faith communities with their renewable energy initiatives. Based in Canada, Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) encourages and supports faith-based communities from across the world to generate their own renewable energy through resources, tools, education programs and showcasing best practices.
To follow or share solar projects by faith-based organizations, use #faithinsolar on Twitter!

Government Incentives For Solar in Rural Areas
Climate change, rural poverty, urban sprawl, food and water insecurity, energy poverty, and the danger and costs involved with kerosene lights…These are all pressing issues of our days that need to be addressed immediately before it’s too late. Abundant and cost-effective, solar energy in rural areas is a great way to address all these issues at once. Governments from across the world have begun to realize this immense potential and put in place support and grant mechanisms to spur the proliferation of solar energy in agricultural areas. In some cases, the demand came from rural communities themselves struggling with rising energy costs and water insecurity. Here are great sources of inspiration for governments and rural communities worldwide:
Island Communities Leading The Way in Renewable Energy 
When we think of an island, first images that pop in our minds are natural beauty, tourism, water and a strong sense of community. These are all true; but innovative renewable energy projects being developed in islands by local governments and communities across the world are about to add one more aspect to that list: 
In order to exchange information and their experiences and look for ways to strengthen islands’ renewable energy output, island communities from across the world will gather at Ecoislands Global Summit on October 16 and 17 at the Isle of Wight, Scotland.

Community Power Series: Renewing Communities Through Renewables
Finally, The Community Power Report collaborated with SolSolution to provide you with a detailed analysis on Community Power’s potential to empower communities to address their local issues; whether economic, social and environmental. It is concluded that Community Power’s benefits have the potential to go much beyond the traditional triple-bottom line; through bringing community members together to achieve something extraordinary and engaging our children, Community Power can integrate sustainability in a community’s fabric.

Community Solar Gardens have also been proliferating across the United States, but we’ll talk about them in a separate article to be released soon.

Of course, there are many more project and policy updates shared on our website; all you need to do is go to our homepage and search for a specific location, technology, ownership structure.

Wishing you all days full of sun and power!

In friendship, 

Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
The Community Power Report

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