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 […]

M&S launches £400,000 community energy fund

A new £400,000 fund to help UK communities go green has been launched. Not for profit organisations such as gyms, a libraries or a schools can apply for a share of the ‘M&S Energy Community Energy Fund’. The winners will be decided by public vote, allowing local communities to pick the project they believe offers the […]

GDF secures community wind energy PPA

GDF Suez Energy UK has struck a long-term deal to buy all the electricity generated from a community wind farm in Scotland. Under the 17-year power purchase agreement (PPA), the company will purchase all output from the 9MW Beinn Ghrideag project on the Isle of Lewis. The wind farm is being developed by the Point […]

John Lewis signs deal to buy 100% renewable energy

The John Lewis Partnership has signed a deal to buy 100% renewable energy from small supplier SmartestEnergy. The contract will start in January 2015 – running until March 2018 – and will provide power for more than 380 John Lewis and Waitrose sites. Nigel Keen, Director of Property Services for the John Lewis Partnership said: […]

Coming soon – Scotland’s first co-operative owned wind turbine

The first wind turbine in Scotland to be wholly owned by a co-operative is coming soon, following the recent launch of the Dingwall Wind Co-op. The 250 kW turbine was originally planned as a private venture but the owners of the Knockbain Farm – where it will be built – were persuaded to turn the […]