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Exciting funding opportunities!

27 December 2019

As the year draws to a close, be sure to check out these new funding options. Your community energy group or project may be eligible for support…Severn Trent Community Fund – The water company have a new pot of £10 million to support local projects, charities and groups over the... Read more

Green Energy Awards 2019

17 December 2019

On Friday 27th November 2019, the sustainable energy sector gathered at the 16th annual Green Energy Awards dinner.The Awards, hosted this year by Regen at the beautiful Assembly Rooms in Bath, are a leading national celebration of the innovative technologies, pioneering companies and inspiring individuals shaking up the UK’s energy... Read more

5 things we’ve learned about new community energy models

6 December 2019

Power to Change's Next Generation programme is incubating community energy models of the future. Felicity Jones is a consortium member of the Next Generation Programme, and Partner at employee-owned consultancy Everoze. In this blog post, she shares her top 5 learnings from the programme so far. When you talk to... Read more

Bath & West Community Energy on the look-out for ‘Solar Roof Spotters’

28 November 2019

The award-winning community energy group Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) are recruiting ‘Solar Roof Spotters’ to support their Community Solar 2020 project.The project aims to spark a fresh wave of solar implementation across Bath and North East Somerset (as well as parts of Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire). As part... Read more

Deadline for £100 million TNL community Climate Action Fund approaching

24 November 2019

The first deadline for The National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund is fast approaching!The pioneering fund aims to support communities across the UK to take meaningful action on climate change. With up to £100 million funding available over 10 years, these communities will work together and be active participants in a... Read more

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

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 have recently become available that might 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... 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... 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