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‘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

Grants for community organisations working in partnership

27 June 2019

The Big Lottery Fund’s £40 million Partnership Fund will award grants of over £10,000 to not for profit organisations in England to work together towards a shared goal. The aim of the fund is to help local organisations develop a more strategic approach to improving their community by developing and... Read more

British Airways Carbon Fund has funded 38 completed community energy projects since 2011!

27 June 2019

In 2011, British Airways and Pure Leapfrog came together to create the carbon offsetting programme to help community energy projects in the UK and Africa.  The Carbon Fund is a voluntary scheme for British Airways’ customers who wish to travel responsibly and mitigate the impact of their journey. Customers can chose... Read more

Low Carbon Challenge Fund launched by The West of England Combined Authority

27 June 2019

The West of England Low Carbon Challenge Fund will run over the next three years and will open to eligible applicants across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It aims to support community energy projects and also help small and medium sized businesses improve their... Read more

Neighbourhood Planning Grant Funding

27 June 2019

All England based groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 in a basic grant. You can apply for three types of grant funding if you are preparing a neighbourhood plan:Basic grant fundingAdditional grant fundingAffordable housing for sale grant fundingFind out more... Read more

“Energy around us” – plea for initiative stories

27 June 2019

The Day Film team are looking for original stories for their ambitious new project. They are aiming to create an international energy TV show, “in avant-garde dramatization with a wide spectrum of energy activities.”They are interested in “energy around us” initiatives, ideas and solutions in RES transformation, food quality production,... Read more

Rural Community Energy Fund has re-opened!

27 June 2019

The funding scheme to support rural community across England to set up renewable energy projects in their local area has been re-opened.RCEF is offering grants to communities in 2 stages: Stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for feasibility studiesStage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning... Read more

Applications for Round 2 of Next Generation innovation fund open 1 July

27 June 2019

The application window for a second round of funding from the Next Generation innovation fund opens on Monday 1st July.Applications are invited from well-established and experienced community energy businesses in England who want to develop innovative business models, building on their past achievements. The first round of funding took place in... Read more

Power Partners: Second round of funding launches

24 June 2019

UK Power Networks launch the second round of funding for community organisations this community energy fortnight

Not-for-profit organisations and community groups are once again invited to apply for sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of community spaces or support people in vulnerable circumstances by increasing energy resilience.After a successful first round launched in January 2019, Power... Read more

Start small to power up ...

16 May 2019

Ellie Stevens reflects on how offering an easy-entry, hands-on activity – like turning old tights into draught excluders – makes community energy more accessible ...When we last reflected on progress so far in Powering Up!, we were just getting started in our efforts to spark the interest of the three communities in... Read more

Grants of up to £4,000 available for energy saving measures in community buildings

10 May 2019

Thrive Renewables has launched round 4 of its Community Benefit Programme. A total of around £30,000 will be available for local groups in eligible areas to apply for grants of up to £4,000 for energy efficiency improvements to community buildings and get some free expert advice for zero-cost solutions.The scheme... Read more

New wind-energy ownership model

10 May 2019

It was recently reported that Britain went through its longest coal-free period since the Industrial Revolution. Despite this good news, our energy mix still relies heavily on gas and the UK government, with its removal of subsidies to support new renewable energy projects, is not doing the best it can to make... Read more