Community energy powering 130,000 UK homes

Community energy projects are powering hundreds of thousands of homes across the UK. The first Community Energy State of the Sector report reveals a total of 222 community organisations are now operating solar, hydro and wind power schemes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They have a collective generation capacity of 121MW – equivalent to […]

Northern Powergrid awards £50k for community energy schemes

Northern Powergrid has awarded £50,000 for new community energy schemes. A total of 10 local groups will use a share of the funding which will support projects in the inception stages. They include providing energy advice to help reduce fuel poverty as well as projects that will raise awareness of sustainable living and encourage design […]

M&S Energy offers £300k for community projects

M&S Energy has launched a £300,000 fund to support community projects and technologies across the UK. It is inviting sports clubs, libraries, village halls and schools to apply for part of the funding for energy projects that support local communities. Following the initial application and shortlisting process, the winners will be decided by public vote, […]

Sunny forecast for community solar after £1.7m investment

A clean energy investment firm has provided a £1.7 million loan to help a community group in Shropshire acquire its own solar project. Thrive Renewables, which works with more than 6,300 investors, is supporting a Mongoose Energy initiative to allow residents in the county to invest directly in a local renewable energy facility in the village of Sheriffhales. Over the next few months, […]

Largest community-owned solar array powers up

The largest community-owned rooftop solar array in the UK is now generating electricity. The 636KW project has been installed on the rooftops of Prodrive’s headquarters in Banbury, Oxfordshire. The 2,446-panel array is expected to provide 39% of the site’s power needs. It is one of 13 rooftop solar projects completed by social enterprise Low Carbon […]

Community energy start-ups fall by 80%

Community energy start-ups have fallen by more than 80% this year. That’s due to changes in the government’s energy policies, which include the elimination of subsidies for onshore wind and the reduction of support for solar among others, according to industry body Co-operatives UK. It added only 10 new community energy organisations have been registered […]

Two week community energy event returns!

A two-week event will showcase, discuss and celebrate community energy projects across the UK. This year’s Community Energy Fortnight, Powering Forward, will run from tomorrow until 18th September and stage events across the country to give everyone the opportunity to learn about and get involved with community energy. These will range from visits to wind farms […]

Webinar at 9.30am: Power to the people

A conversation with Sir Ed Davey about community energy and a little bit of policy.

Investors sought for 19 community energy projects

An Oxford-based social enterprise is seeking investors for community energy projects worth £3.5 million. Low Carbon Hub’s new share offer will finance a 440kW hydro project in Sandford Lock Hydro which is expected to power 450 homes. It also aims to fund 18 solar projects in schools and businesses across the region. People can invest between […]

£4m boost for community energy in Bristol

Bristol Energy Co-operative has signed agreements worth £3.95 million for community energy projects. That takes the total amount raised since its November launch to £9 million. The new wave of finance comes from Triodos Bank, Bristol City Council and Social and Sustainable Capital and will be used specifically to fund the construction of the 4.2MW […]