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set up a community scheme, or join an existing one - how to choose?

 
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When we were choosing an energy system for our place, we decided that the best thing was to go on grid, then sell photo voltaic solar power to the national energy company, EDP.  For us it seemed simpler, there were no batteries to buy or replace, and it gave us an income as we sell far more electricity than we consume.  But I've received criticism for it as it's feeding a big company and not supporting smaller, local initiatives.  But to me, my own solar panels providing my own income feels pretty small and local to me.

The question is, could I have done better?  What are the factors to consider when making such choices?

 
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In many cases if you have access to a grid it is better than batteries. In my opinion the power of bringing communities together over energy far outweighs the benefits of one home going off grid.

But hey solar on your own roof is never the wrong choice, so don't question that. Perhaps look at what you could do next which engages your local community more widely and that could be your own local energy company.

How to guide here: http://www.energyrevolution.solutions

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