Help for Communities
Energy efficiency in community facilities
If you want to lower the carbon consumption/fuel bills of a community building that you are connected to, then the following is a useful guide to identifying areas that need improving.
Energy Efficiency in Community Buildings
From time to time there is funding to help local organisations lower carbon emissions and become involved in energy or low carbon related projects.
Funding for Energy Efficiency in Community Buildings
Other community funding and grants can be found on the Community Energy England website. Funding opportunities include:
Community renewable energy projects – Energy Co-operatives
Community renewable energy projects raise capital by issuing shares to potential investors from their local community. The resulting profits from the sale of the energy to the grid/Feed in Tariff are then shared between the landowners, shareholders, with the remainder put into local community benefit projects.
Example Community Renewable Energy Project
Wey Valley Solar Schools is an example of such a community project. In 2011, they started with 238kW of solar panels across 6 state secondary schools in Surrey. Now, they have a generation capacity of just under 590kW over 10 schools, and have installed panels on St Paul's Church in 2020.
An active renewable energy co-operative is Energy4All who often have details of new community energy schemes ready to be released.