Choosing an ownership model (also called legal or organizational structure) is one of the most significant decisions that community energy (CE) projects have to make. The ownership model impacts how equity for the project is raised; how decisions concerning the project are made; which sources can be accessed for grants and/or loans; how profits are shared; and how the organization is taxed. The decision of choosing an ownership model is also significantly impacted by the policies and programs of the host jurisdiction.
Linked below are overviews of five CE ownership models that are most commonly applied across Canada and internationally:
Please note that several renewable energy projects are developed as joint ventures that involve a combination of the above listed CE ownership models or partnerships between CE and private ownership models.