New TIAD include all systems for widespread self-consumption: groups of self-consumers acting collectively in buildings and apartment buildings, energy communities, and individual self-consumers on the public grid.
Today we will discuss how this opportunity can prove profitable when it comes to apartment building.
The building condominium is the ideal environment in which to establish an energy community, that is, an aggregation of people who share and self-produce renewable energy. The energy exchanged and shared is produced from renewable sources, such as photovoltaic panels installed on the roof. The benefits are many: reduced utility bills, increased sustainability, and energy independence.
Energy Communities in apartment buildings, represent a practical example of collective self-consumption implemented on specific buildings.
In a nutshell, the EC Directive, stipulates that for all citizens, public entities and small and medium-sized enterprises, it is possible to join together to build renewable energy plants by then sharing the energy produced. This means that it is possible to install one or more photovoltaic systems on the roof, so that all tenants who choose to be part of the “Energy Community,” can share the energy that will be produced and have substantial savings on their bills.
What are energy communities?
First, Energy Communities, arise as a bottom-up tool of energy production in which everyone can participate.
In fact, participating in the Energy Community means benefiting from incentives and refunds on the bill. Here’s how:
- by helping to reduce costs for the energy transition (green energy production)
- by consuming the energy produced locally
- by stimulating the consumption of energy during the hours when it is produced from renewable sources.
Energy communities and apartment buildings
In the case of condominiums, self-consumption fits into a favorable condition in which there is a social community and a condominium administrator. That is, useful for managing relations between self-consumer members and third parties and control the system.
In addition, if the production and consumption of energy takes place in the same place, condominiums will have an additional advantage concerning the reduction
- of the losses due to transportation over long distances
- of the power plant operating costs used to reduce the voltage and make it usable.
How does it work?
Because of its convenience, some condominiums are beginning to take an interest in Energy Communities, being able to take advantage of collective self-consumption to reduce the price of bills now skyrocketing due to the gas crisis. Condominium Energy Communities are characterized by the fact that all participants and renewable energy production facilities are located in the same building or in the condominium’s appurtenant areas.
Proceeding in this way, according to current regulations, does not require the adherence of all condominiums, so unanimity at the meeting is not required. However, only those participating condominiums who have entered into a private agreement with each other will be able to take advantage of the benefits of the community.
Before proceeding, it is advisable to request a feasibility study
What are the benefits?
Joining an energy community is the greenest and most advanced way to produce energy, share it, and spend less in the medium and long term. Not only can you significantly reduce consumption but also embrace a more sustainable and less polluting lifestyle.
This benefits all members of the community and can contribute to lower wholesale energy prices, which benefits the country. In fact, one of the problems that, more than any other, causes bills to soar is energy dependence on foreign states that can decide the price and terms of trade.
To summarize, here are the main benefits for the individual and the community:
- reduced utility expenses, both in summer and winter;
- less burden on national infrastructure;
- increases clean energy production from renewable sources;
- decreases energy dependence on foreign countries.