In this section we have collected the most frequently asked questions about Regalgrid®, SNOCU, the platform and all the services we offer. We are ready to clarify your doubts!
Of course, Regalgrid® provides tools to make different communities cooperate.
To create an Energy Community you must be sure that it meets the criteria required by the legislation that came into force in 2020: – The members of a community must be connected to the public distribution network within the same medium/low voltage transformer booth. – The participants’ photovoltaic systems must have been activated after 1 March 2020 and may not exceed the individual power of 100kW and total power of 200kW. – The objective of the community must not be linked to economic profits, so revenues from the sale of energy cannot be the main source of income. – The attention of the community must be directed to the environmental, economic and social benefit for all, through the collective self-consumption of energy from renewable sources. – The sale of energy must be regulated by a private law contract.
Of course you can. Even if you don’t have a photovoltaic system you can participate in an Energy Community, benefiting from the green energy self-produced by other members of the community itself, at a more advantageous price. In fact, energy communities are based on the optimization of collective self-consumption: in order to support the consumption of those who do not have a system, in the community there must necessarily also be producer nodes, i.e. users equipped with a photovoltaic system that often produce more energy than their real need.
Sure, you can. The Regalgrid® architecture is equipped with automatic systems that guarantee the optimization of interactions between several adjacent communities.
Being part of an Energy Community allows you to save money and at the same time actively contribute to reduce the impact of energy consumption on our planet, optimizing the available resources in an accurate and optimized way.
You should share the electricity with your neighbour because it is much cheaper than selling it on the grid. We are talking about excess energy, which you produce with your photovoltaic system but which you do not consume: sharing this excess in an Energy Community allows you to receive a greater economic advantage than the one derived from the transfer to the operator.
In many ways it is. Within an Energy Community it is possible to optimize the purchase of energy, photovoltaic components, optimized heating systems and much more. In general, the possibilities to act as a purchasing group depend only on the statute of the community itself and how the participants agree.
The law recognises Energy Communities as a legal entity in its own right. For this reason being part of it will imply the respect of a shared statute, according to the declaration of the community itself.
To join an Energy Community, you can consider joining an existing community or building one with your neighbours. If you have any doubts about the various steps for the formation of a community, you can contact our staff who are always at your disposal.
An Energy Community works according to a small and decentralized energy model: the exchange of energy does not exploit the entire public grid, but only the low voltage section that connects the participants to the same community. This guarantees you the purchase of green and local energy at a price more advantageous than the market price, thanks to a system of incentives and the lowering of fixed transport charges that you find in your bill. In the same way, if you are a producer, being part of a community gives you the opportunity to sell your unconsumed energy at cheaper conditions than the state incentive mechanisms of transfer to the public grid.
Smart grid and Energy Community are two different concepts, even if they are connected. A smart grid is a set of aggregated electrical measurements, related to different devices. An Energy Community is a legal entity for all purposes, regulated and managed according to a precise legislation, which relies on a smart grid to work.
An Energy Community aims to provide electricity from renewable sources to all participants according to specific needs, with the aim of maximizing local collective self-consumption. If you have a photovoltaic system, you can give energy that you do not consume to all the other participants, but at the same time receive it at times when you cannot produce enough. If you have only the storage battery you can buy the energy from others to store it for any eventuality and resell it when you don’t need it. If you are a simple consumer, the energy community gives you the opportunity to buy clean energy without having to invest in a generation plant, while at the same time being more aware of the purchase of energy and its cost.