Community energy groups continue to aid in Covid-19 relief

6 May 2020

Community-led renewable energy projects are continuing to lead support efforts in the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Since March, community energy groups from across the UK have been mobilising crisis funds to help vulnerable groups during the Coronavirus pandemic. These have been set aside to directly support their local communities in a variety of different ways, including aiding food banks, purchasing prepayment meter vouchers for those in fuel poverty and offering access to online library facilities for those in isolation.

Some examples of these funds are:

  • Communities for Renewables - Four local energy enterprises have pulled together to mobilise £100,00 for a 'Corona Crisis Fund'.
  • Fullabrook CIC - Fullabrook CIC recently developed a package of support for voluntary and community groups that are supporting residents in their area during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • Community Energy Scotland and Berwickshire Housing Association - Community benefits money from the 7.5MW Fishermen Three wind farm will be diverted to provide emergency grants to local families in hardship.
  • Point and Sandwick Trust - The trust announced last week that it will use all of its freen income, generated from the wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag, to set up a pandemic support fund for the local community.

This funding is a testament to the power of community ownership of energy (and other) infrastructure and assets to build resilience within communities. All of the community-owned enterprises mentioned above have been able to get support to where it was needed most well before central government.