Community Energy

Our community energy space in the UK enjoys a partnership with Real Towns -experts in placemaking technology applications for towns, BIDs and communities. We trust their relationship with towns and communities, which is built on a cooperative spirit built to endure.

Community energy involves a long-term commitment between parties and multi-generation infrastructure.

Greenstorc provides communities with clean, affordable, 24-hour power, which can integrate with existing microgrids featuring solar, hydro, wind or bio fuel plants. It’s simply a question of discussing your needs and location to ascertain how much ‘permanent’ ground energy (electricity) you can extract for a given investment.

Community powered supermarket
Hospital operating theatre

How community energy works

Grouping together into a co-operative structure enables costs to be reduced and a safe, reliable supply to be assured. Other generating assets like local solar or wind can be added to these microgrids which then feed excess power back to the grid for pre-negotiated pay, a feed-in tariff or – in larger bundles – a power purchasing agreement (PPA).

Community energy can be done at the town, district or BID level. The concept is ideal for hospitals, shopping centres, airports, trading estates and many more places found in most towns and cities. Each solution can bring lasting benefits such as energy security, carbon reductions and cost savings to the communities they serve.

Different technology options exist, depending on whether light, heat, other power applications or carbon credits are required.

Different solutions

  • Heat: Something must be burned – typically natural gas, methane from digesting biomass plants or animal manure, even trash.
  • CHP: Combined heat and power (CHP) is achieved through conversion of heat into electricity – highly efficient for large hotels, for example, needing warm rooms and hot showers for lots of people.
  • Microgrid: A microgrid is created by bundling a set of these individual systems into one freestanding zone – organised, for instance, around a hospital with back-up generation (typically diesel-fired).
  • Shared power: Schools, a hospital, a set of Government buildings and a shopping centre, for example, can access grants to share these heat ducts and electricity sources – all backed up by the larger grid.
Rush hour in a shopping centre
People at Liverpool Street Station

Power purchasing agreements

PPAs are the Greenstorc gold standard. A town or BID PPA enables us to build a customised generation and management solution offering precisely the required capacity – no more, no less.

Because we know the costs of building this facility, we can lock customer prices in for a long time – especially if no variable feed-in cost (like natural gas) exists. If necessary, however, we can lock in a variable price tied to the relevant commodity.

We can incinerate trash, we can make methane, we can burn woody biomass . . . all to make something that generates heat. Or we can buy heat from a local factory and use that heat to power a town.

Different situations

  • Retail: Shopping centres large and small can generate a reliable, continuous, cost-effective, microgrid energy supply.
  • Government: Govt departments, local authorities, hospitals, schools, universities, public buildings and airports can plug leakage and generate cheap, constant energy via heat-to-power technology.
  • Community and Business: Town management is transformed when technology and enterprising communities/BIDs work together to provide community renewable energy solutions tailored to specific needs.
  • Business Improvement Districts (BIDS): Can negotiate cost-effective, green, stable power for their members and town.
  • Trading and industrial estates: Can recycle waste heat into the production of a clean, affordable, continuous energy supply – for themselves and/or their town.
Planes preparing for takeoff at airport