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Next Generation Innovation Grants fund selects six more groups to develop community energy projects across England

12 November 2019

Round 2 of the Next Generation fund has now closed and offered six community groups the opportunity to move into the research and development phase. Working in partnership with the consortium, these six groups will now be asked to develop their ideas into a business model in order to apply... Read more

Shortlist announced for Green Energy Awards 2019

30 October 2019

South East London Community Energy, Oxford City Council and Limejump amongst those shortlisted for awards dinner in November

Regen have recently announced the shortlisted entries for the Green Energy Awards 2019.The Awards, now in their 16th year, are a leading national celebration of the innovative technologies, pioneering companies and inspiring individuals shaking up the UK energy system.Out of 120 entries, 25 companies and individuals have been nominated for... Read more

New funding opportunities!

23 October 2019

Two grants that may be able to support your community energy project

Supporting Great Ideas Fund (Wales): The National Lottery Community Fund is seeking to use its Supporting Great Ideas funding to encourage charities and community groups in Wales to pursue innovative and strategically important project ideas that drive positive social change. Grants (of £10,000 and over) are available for up to... Read more

Community Energy Awards 2019

21 October 2019

On Friday 18th October, Community Energy England (CEE) and Community Energy Wales (CEW) hosted the Community Energy Awards 2019 at City Hall in London.

Led by the Chair of the London Environment Committee, Leonie Cooper, the evening celebrated some of the most innovative and successful developments within the community energy sector over the last year. In total, 10 awards were presented to different community energy organisations across England and Wales (many of whom have... Read more

Sustainable Development Fund (Brecon Beacons)

18 October 2019

Charities and community groups are amongst the organisations invited to apply for funding for sustainable development projects that build capacity and genuinely support or involve communities within the Brecon Beacons National Park.Grants of up to £10,000 for up to 50% of project costs are available. The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF)... Read more

Octopus and Co-op Energy announce new community energy joint venture

17 October 2019

Octopus Energy has launched a joint venture aimed at helping develop community energy projects.The supplier, part of the Octopus Group, recently announced a major strategic partnership with Co-op Energy which will see it predominately acquire 300,000 retail customers from Midcounties Co-operative.Encouraging for readers of this website is that the deal includes... Read more

More second-round crowd-funding required for Bristol hydro scheme

16 October 2019

Bristol Energy Co-operative’s hydro-electrical scheme at Netham Weir is nearing its second fundraising target of £30,000 after a second round of crowd-funding was launched in September.This second funding push has now increased the total raised for the innovative project to £21,501. Nonetheless, more support is absolutely vital: if the scheme... Read more

Next Generation fund awards almost £500k to five community energy projects across England

9 September 2019

Five community groups with bright ideas for energy innovation have been awarded almost £500,000 from Power to Change’s Next Generation Fund.The schemes, which include community smart lighting, harvesting solar power to charge electric vehicles, and a dedicated energy saving service for local schools, are the first five to be awarded... Read more

Government doubles funding for on-street EV charging

21 August 2019

The Department for Transport has announced they will provide an extra £2.5 million of funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure on residential streets. The transport secretary, Grant Schnapps, has claimed that the new funding will enable local authorities to collectively install more than 1,000 on-street charging points.The allocation of the... Read more

Bristol hydro-electric scheme first crowdfunding target reached!

20 August 2019

Bristol Energy Cooperative’s hydro-electric scheme in Netham Weir in Bristol has raised a total of £18,352 with 189 supporters in 28 days! A series of further raises are planned over the coming months with an aim of raising a total £65,000 to complete all development work and proceed to the... Read more

New funding opportunities

20 August 2019

National Lottery Climate Action Fund launched for communities across the UK: The £100 million fund will enable people and communities to deliver high impact community-led climate action in the areas of sustainable energy, transport, consumption, food and protecting/regenerating spaces and habitats.Applications will open in autumn 2019. London Community Energy Fund launches... Read more

‘Toughest year yet’ for community solar as installs plummet

31 July 2019

According to a new report, community solar saw its toughest year yet in 2018, with generation capacity falling by 78% from 2017.In 2018, just 7.2MW of new community solar capacity was installed across 47 new sites (7.9MW in total) compared to 35.5MW installed in 2017.Community Energy England and Community Energy... Read more

Regional electricity firm's rallying call to Wigan community groups

31 July 2019

Helen Seagrave, Electricity North West’s community energy manager, wants more community energy groups to come forward and take advantage of the knowledge, expertise and funds the regional power network operator offers to promote community energy projects.She said: “To us, community energy means community-led projects or initiatives to reduce, manage, generate... Read more

Bulk of UK public say government should offer tax relief for community energy

31 July 2019

According to a new ICM poll of 2,027 adults carried out on behalf of Community Energy England, around 69% of the UK public think the government should once again offer tax relief to people who invest in community energy projects.There was a particularly strong increase in support for community energy... Read more

Biggest Rollout of Rooftop Solar in Welsh History

31 July 2019

Egni Co-op, A community renewable energy charity in South Wales, has secured the Feed in Tariff (FiT) subsidy for rooftop solar panels on 250 sites in Wales, which will have an installed capacity of over 5,000kW. Sites include businesses, community centres and universities; golf, football and rugby clubs; a brewery,... Read more

West of England Local Energy Scheme

5 July 2019

The West of England Combined Authority is offering a capital grant to support the delivery of innovative, small-scale, renewable energy projects.There is £500,000 in total, which will be awarded as one or more grants. Community energy groups can apply for up to £500,000 to cover 40% of eligible costs. The grant is... Read more

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