Renewable energy communities (RECs) are non-profit organizations made up of members who join to produce and exchange clean energy for sustainable development. This work analyzes different REC scenarios, considering energetic, economic, and environmental perspectives. The case study is a typical condominium of eight apartments with a low energy class in Cagliari (Italy). This study considers the condominium with different energy efficiency levels before and after retrofit interventions together with solar technologies to produce energy. Future scenarios include both the share of energy between the eight apartments within the condominium and a REC composed of two neighboring condominiums. At condominium scale, results showed better outcomes in aggregating the energy share from the PV generation into a single point of sharing (PoS). In the REC scenario with a neighboring building, and after retrofit interventions, the self-sufficiency index was increased by 26% with a decrease of 23% in GHG emissions, which shows the importance of having retrofitted and smart buildings boosting the renewable energy sources in achieving a more sustainable built environment. The methodology of this work with a new software can be a useful decision-making tool to test the effectiveness of RECs and it can be applied to building, neighborhood, or district scales.

Design and Modeling Renewable Energy Communities: A Case Study in Cagliari (Italy) / Mutani, Guglielmina; Usta, Yasemin. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING. - ISSN 1743-7601. - ELETTRONICO. - 17:4(2022), pp. 1041-1051. [10.18280/ijsdp.170401]

Design and Modeling Renewable Energy Communities: A Case Study in Cagliari (Italy)

Mutani, Guglielmina;Usta, Yasemin
2022

Abstract

Renewable energy communities (RECs) are non-profit organizations made up of members who join to produce and exchange clean energy for sustainable development. This work analyzes different REC scenarios, considering energetic, economic, and environmental perspectives. The case study is a typical condominium of eight apartments with a low energy class in Cagliari (Italy). This study considers the condominium with different energy efficiency levels before and after retrofit interventions together with solar technologies to produce energy. Future scenarios include both the share of energy between the eight apartments within the condominium and a REC composed of two neighboring condominiums. At condominium scale, results showed better outcomes in aggregating the energy share from the PV generation into a single point of sharing (PoS). In the REC scenario with a neighboring building, and after retrofit interventions, the self-sufficiency index was increased by 26% with a decrease of 23% in GHG emissions, which shows the importance of having retrofitted and smart buildings boosting the renewable energy sources in achieving a more sustainable built environment. The methodology of this work with a new software can be a useful decision-making tool to test the effectiveness of RECs and it can be applied to building, neighborhood, or district scales.
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