Five community groups enter Next Generation ’research and development phase’

15 March 2019

Five community groups have been shortlisted to go forward to the preliminary research and development phase of Next Generation, our multi-partner project designed to create a step change in the development of genuinely sustainable, financially viable and innovative community businesses.

In total, 31 applications were received for Round 1 which closed on 13 January 2019. (Round 2 opens in the summer, and guidelines for applicants are being writen now.)

The five shortlisted groups will be helped to test and strengthen their post-subsidy community energy business models over the next 2-3 months. They are:

  1. Green Fox Community Co-operative who wish to develop a model for supplying clean locally generated heat and electricity and energy services to schools through a range of low carbon technologies in a better integrated and more cost-effective way.
  2. Low Carbon Gordano in Bristol who propose to develop a model for distributed solar and local trading in an urban context in which the local community to own and operate a 1 megawatt cluster of solar panels on 300 roofs in the city. 
  3. Nadder Community Energy in Wiltshire seek to develop an electric community transport business model for rural areas, in their case working closely with a local community transport organisation and using locally generated solar power for charging the vehicles. 
  4. Brighton Energy also believe there is an opportunity for the hundreds of community energy groups across the country to contribute to local transport electrification. The group have proposed to Brighton council to install community-owned PV linked to EV charge points at a local leisure centre used by many commuters as an informal park-and-ride.   
  5. Chester Community Energy wish to trial a business model that finances the upfront costs of smart-lighting installations and enables community groups to repay the investment through the savings on their electricity bills. 

You can read a bit more about all these groups on this page of the New Generation website.

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