Project Title : Capacity building - identifying the missing links: developing the model for future community-operated renewable energy (BIPV) projects

Applicant : The University of Hong Kong (Dr. Josie Close)

Total Approved Grant : $107,858.40

Duration : 1/6/2006 to 31/5/2007

Project Status/Remarks : Completed

Scope :
The proposed project has the following purposes:

(i) to identify the learning curve and areas of necessary capacity building to ensure the successful take-up (operation) by the community of renewable energy applications beyond research or demonstration projects in order to create the Model for future projects; and

(ii) to design and specify an appropriate low-cost BIPV monitoring system for general applications.

Summary of Findings/Outcomes :
This project has overlapped with international attention on climate-change, the need for reduced CO2 emissions and opportunities for clean, renewable energy (RE) technologies to ameliorate climate-change effects. The Questionnaire responses were revealing. ETWB (Works) Circular 16/2005 promotes RE applications as capital and retro-fit projects but is unknown in the private sector and demonstration projects' achievements in overcoming some critical barriers are also unknown. Utilities are regarded as unsupportive and government as lacking leadership. There was very wide appreciation that education and training was needed to increase all sectors' knowledge and the expectation was widely expressed that government should take the lead, i.e. programmes, funding, incentives, accredited training, published information. The General Stakeholder Workshop was particularly rewarding with the business initiatives identified in the Partnering Model developed during discussions. The potential business partnering arising from RE applications was appreciated as job creation/economy boosting resulting goods and services at reduced cost. Missing links were identified as the rise of distributed energy generation (combining RE applications with CHP/tri-generation), a dedicated independent organisation to focus activities and the impetus derived from a high-profile local champion. All those would be additional benefits but the Partnerships (business) Model and the Bottom-up (community-focus) Model were identified as presently operable.