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 worked in collaboration with CSE), all united in their aim to create an energy system that is cleaner, fairer and greener for all.
North Kensington Community Energy were the first to walk away with an award, receiving the Community Renewable Energy Project Award for their efforts to put solar panels on two primary schools, a community centre and a sports centre this year.
Other winners included Bristol City Council (Local Authority Partner Award) and Riding Sunbeams (Collaboration Award), a world-first initiative to power trains using track-side community- and commuter-owned solar.
Emma Bridge, Chief Executive of Community Energy England said: “We are honoured to have been able to celebrate the achievements of so many talented organisations and individuals. In a year when the sector has seen the removal of government support, it’s crucial for us to come together and learn from projects that are succeeding even though they are contending with such a challenging policy background.”
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, addressing the ceremony via video, also passed on his congratulations to all nominated groups. “As the Mayor of London I have declared a climate emergency, and I’m doing everything in my power to make London cleaner, greener and healthier. Thank you for your dedication to delivering clean energy projects in London and across the country.