The energy revolution is already underway as people around the world embrace renewable energy in their communities. This groundbreaking book summarises why we must switch to renewables and explains how this can be achieved where you live. It is packed full of success stories from energy pioneers in the UK, America, Europe, Asia and Africa. It shows how we can all play a vital role in the energy revolution and change the world, one community at a time.
Drawing on the author's two decades of experience as a renewable energy engineer, community activist, consultant, business leader and government adviser, Energy Revolution gives you the tools to develop projects in your locality. This handbook covers everything needed to structure your community power company – the technology, site assessment, legal and business planning, fundraising and financial modelling – whilst putting people at the heart of your strategy. Change the system from the bottom up and make the next great leap forward to achieving clean, affordable, democratic energy. It's time for us to take control, relocalise, reduce costs and carbon emissions, repower our neighbourhoods and join the energy revolution.
In 2002, Howard Johns founded Southern Solar which grew into one of the largest solar companies in the south of the UK. He served as chairman of the Solar Trade Association for five years, representing the industry in the media, as well as in parliamentary hearings and at national and international conferences. Howard led the development of his local energy company and was instrumental in raising funds to build the first community-owned solar PV system in the UK.
Reimagining our energy system offers the potential of a win-win-win future: low carbon energy, more resilient communities, vibrant local economies. What's more, it's possible and it's already happening. In these pages, Howard Johns paints a spellbinding picture of the revolution happening around us, and the part you could play in it. Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement; We must invest in renewable energy now to avert the worst effects of climate change. Howard Johns' Energy Revolution makes a compelling case for repowering our communities, putting an end to dirty power and the monopoly of the Big Six, and easing fuel poverty. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the energy industry and how we can transform it. Caroline Lucas, Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton Pavilion since 2010 and Britain's first Green MP.