Community Identity Governance Resilient Grid Environment Planetary Resilience
efa sits at the centre of modern environmental, social, economic and governance challenges and creates shared benefits for the stakeholders we engage with.
We will deliver sustainable outcomes involving creating, financing and managing distributed energy resources that directly benefit everyone involved.
By augmenting established processes, technologies and techniques with novel approaches we combine renewable energy and cloud computing technology with engagement informed by modern commerce and social science.
By synchronising the exponential growth achieved by ‘big tech’ software companies with environmentally, socially and economically sustainable outcomes, we hope to drastically improve humanity’s prosperity now and in the future.
By working with stakeholders and communities and giving them the means, structure and voice required to identify unsustainable practices, we will work toward creating improved shared outcomes.
This page illustrates the key social and environmental benefits efa will work towards.
efa believes that creating desirable living spaces comes from communities that are empowered to give an authentic meaning to their localities. Through a process of co-creation and co-innovation we ensure that resources are finely tuned to satisfying the needs of local people.
By facilitating connectedness between stakeholders in the development of a project’s objectives, we ensure that project objectives address real issues for community members to facilitate a sense of belongingness and ownership. For individuals to have clear positive relationships with collective outcomes, their part in defining what those outcomes are, is reinforced by transparency and democracy so outcomes address real issues.
efa steps back from the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of the distributed energy projects we work in so that each project addresses the sustainability challenges specific to each locale or community. Objectives are prioritised by people in stakeholder partnerships.
We think that a big part of creating the sustainable practices that can make communities and society resilient is to ensure that a sense of individual responsibility and meaningfulness can come from the joint endeavour for all people involved. Rather than imposing solutions, we work to ensure that people identify with projects and make outcomes the result of partnerships in which local people have a true stake.
By facilitating engagement between both people and their localities, and communities and resources required, efa seeks to provide for networks of trust, increase neighbourliness and create new connections between institutions, businesses and public.
With open forums run by stakeholders to achieve shared objectives, continuous feedback between a project and the community is supported by communication that can create opportunities to address other local challenges, or achieve objectives sooner. Through creating value, and empowering people to influence how that value is used, efa helps to create agency and social acceptability from the ground up.
efa helps local people influence global and local issues
an efa project’s objectives come from the community it serves
efa involves private sector + public sector + the public
efa ensures people have a say in defining objectives
efa provides voice to communities
efa communicates with everyone equally
Distributed energy resources (DERs), such as rooftop solar panels and accompanying batteries, can provide cost savings for energy system operators and reductions in electricity bills for consumers. By effectively reducing peak electricity demand, the need for expensive infrastructure like power plants and transmission lines is avoided.
Recent modelling has shown that increased use of DERs could save 100s of billions of dollars for the USA’s 1000GW electricity grid. The equivalent savings for the UK’s 100GW could be 10s of billions of pounds.
Utility scale renewables, such as large solar and wind farms, are not without their problems. By distributing some of our energy sources throughout already developed urban areas, we reduce the need to convert more of our rural areas and wilderness into renewable energy farms. Distributed energy also puts the source of power next to where it is consumed, reducing the need for expensive and potentially destructive power transmission lines.
Once a number of communities are using DERs, they can combine resources to create a “virtual” power plant. This could create a revenue source for the community, which could be used for social investments.
Where large power plants can sometimes shut down unexpectedly, it is highly unlikely that the distributed components of a “virtual” power plant would simultaneously fail, so efa’s solutions increase the stability of the grid for the benefit of all. If blackouts became difficult for legacy infrastructure to avoid, their effects would be greatly mitigated by distributed energy resources, which can ‘kick in’ while replacement power plants become operational.
Distributed Energy Nexus
efa will establish and manage distributed renewable energy
efa will support peaks in demand and troughs in supply
efa will enable resources to come online instantly
efa will ensure continuity through resources available to carry load
efa will utilise adaptive networks to avoid single points of failure
efa will reduce consumer costs and improve living standards
Environmentally Friendly Alternatives Ltd., trading as “efa”, is a company registered in England & Wales with Company Number 13003477.