Welsh renewable community hub study awarded £16k

Project Dynamo will look into the creation of a network that will supply green energy to local businesses and communities

Somerset solar plant set to generate £3m in extra cash

The money will support an energy grant fund and go towards a fuel poverty advice service

Heat networks ‘offer lower prices than traditional systems’

On average, heat network consumers have lower energy costs than standard customers. That’s according to a government survey of 5,000 people, which show these customers are generally as happy with their heating systems as those using traditional gas systems. Community heating specialist Switch2 Energy welcomed the results, highlighting the fact households on Heat Trust registered schemes […]

Scotland seeks views on Crown Estate devolution

A consultation to decide the future of Scotland’s Crown Estate opened yesterday. The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to manage and devolve the lands owned by the group, which includes much of the country’s foreshore and seabed. The consultation will run until 29th March. It follows calls from those who suggested the […]

M&S gives a spark to community energy projects

M&S Energy has unveiled the winners of its £350,000 Community Energy Fund. The scheme saw nearly 80,000 people vote for their favourite project to win funding so they could install renewable technology or energy efficiency measures in community spaces. A total of 26 projects ranging from schools, sports clubs and a pub have been awarded […]

Irish community energy gets €20m boost

Irish towns and villages are to receive €20m (£16.7m) in funding across 38 community energy projects. Denis Naughten, Communications Minister for Climate Action and Environment, announced the launch of the Better Energy Communities (BEC) scheme which will be run by the  Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. This year’s funding will provide energy efficiency upgrades for more than […]

West Sussex’s community solar farm powers up

A 5MW community solar farm has started generating power in West Sussex. Meadow Blue Community Energy (MBCE) raised £1.2 million for the project located near Merston. It is expected to provide enough electricity for more than 1,500 homes. The project was developed by Solstice Renewables and constructed by Solarcentury.   Chris Rowland, Director at MBCE […]

M&S launches new £350k community energy fund

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new community energy fund worth £350,000. The initiative will support green community energy projects and technologies across the UK for the second year. Last year, the British retailer awarded 26 projects a share of £400,000 fund. They included the installation of solar panels in schools, charities and biomass schemes. Any not […]

Scottish fund invests £9m in community wind energy

Around £9 million is to be invested in a community wind power scheme across the Highlands and Islands. Scottish Equity Partners’ (SEP) investment will fund the roll-out of around 200 single onshore wind turbines. Hamsin Wind is expected to save more than 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per year or more than 100,000 tonnes over the […]

Ireland’s environmental projects win £200k

A total of 33 community groups will receive a share of £211,000 for environmental projects. The cash comes from the Challenge Fund launched by Ireland’s Department of the Environment (DOE). Some of the projects include transformation of waste ground into an area of allotments and vegetable gardens and raising awareness around recycling. Environment Minister Mark […]