More communities should build or invest in local energy projects according to Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
He has launched a Call for Evidence into community energy schemes ahead of a new Community Energy Strategy which is hoped will inspire as many new projects as possible.
The Lib Dem MP told ELN in an interview yesterday: “Community energy projects are fantastic because people can get the benefits of the investment, they get clean energy and they get a return on their investment.”
Mr Davey made the remarks on a visit to a community energy scheme in Brixton which allows locals to buy shares in solar panels.
He said both parties in the Coalition were “extremely keen” on community energy, adding: “We’re trying to see it in an overall context, not just generating energy whether it’s with the solar panels here or wind farms but we’re looking at how communities can save energy.”
Alongside the Call for Evidence, DECC and Consumer Futures published research which found local champions appear to play a “vital role” in jump starting community energy projects.