We have an ongoing training programme designed specially for local community energy groups
Training in Bristol & Somerset
From time to time CSE runs training events aimed at equipping community groups across Somerset and the former Avon area with the information and knowledge to launch their own energy project.
These sessions are offered free to members of community energy groups in the Bristol and Somerset area. Participants from public and/or private sector organisations and businesses may be asked to pay a small fee.
Communities outside the Bristol and Somerset area who are interested in community energy projects should check out CSE’s PlanLoCaL project (www.planlocal.org.uk) and see also our general training for communities page.
There are no training events scheduled at the moment, but here are examples of sessions we've run over the course of the last year (2011/2012). We've probably missed some off the list, but it'll give you some idea:
Somerset Community Energy Forum | 26 Nov 2011 | Bridgwater, Somerset
Renewable energy essentials | 8 Oct 2011 | Broughton House, Taunton
Legal structures for community groups | 29 Sept 2011 | Crispin Community Centre, Street, Somerset
Legal structures for community groups | 13 Sept 2011 | Upper York Street, Bristol
Solar photovoltaics: Talks and tour of a community scale system | 6 Aug 2011 | Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Energy basics for individual volunteers | 3 Aug 2011 | CSE's offices in Bristol
Consulting and engaging with your community | 18 Jul 2011 | Wells, Somerset
Small wind and community solar | 29 Jun 2011 | Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol
Planning and permissions for energy projects | 19 May 2012 | Taunton
Funding and finances for your community energy project | 31 Mar 2012 | Glastonbury
Many of our training courses make use of one or more of the 47 community energy videos we made for PlanLoCaL. Here's an example. This one looks at getting planning permission for a community-based renewable-energy project.
And this video looks at the different legal structures that community groups adopt (e.g. a Co-operative Interest Company) to facilitate their energy project, for example to gain funding or to distribute profits:
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future events and workshops in Somerset and the former Avon area, or would like to find out about other support that is available from CSE for community energy projects, email us on email@example.com
The Source | www.cse.org.uk/thesource
The Source is a CSE website that we launched in June 2012 from where you can download our favourite guides and tools for community energy.