Next Generation webinar series to share learning from community energy projects
19 May 2020
In June, and coinciding with Community Energy Fortnight (13-28 June 2020), we held the first in a series of 12 webinars featuring six Next Generation projects and six other innovative community energy initiatiaves. Each 90-minute webinar in the Innovation Lab series will feature one of the projects. It will be a chance to hear in detail about each project's progress, challenges and successes, and give everyone the opportunity to ask questions.
The next webinar is on Thursday 27 August (10:30–12:00). We'll be hearing from CREW Energy from London about their Next Generation funded heat pump project and their aim to use community ownership of renewable heat to tackle three issues - climate change, fuel poverty and air quality - through education, outreach, community funding, and the delivery and maintenance of heat networks and renewable heating systems.
The first webinar in the series took place on 26 June. It featured Brighton Energy Coop presenting on their Next Generation-funded project that looks at electric vehicle charging as an additional revenue source for large-scale solar. Over 60 people attended including attendees from local government, NGOs, other Next Generation groups and the wider community energy sector. The session was received really well with people being able to ask detailed questions about EVs and share their own insights. The whole session was recorded and you can watch it here (1hr 24mins).
The second in the series was on 16 July and looked at Energy Local who have designed a means for households to act together and reduce their bills by demonstrating they are using local renewable power when it is generated. A recording of this session will be on our YouTube channel shortly.
Next Generation aims to create a step-change in the development of genuinely sustainable, financially viable and innovative community businesses, helping to raise the profile of place-based community energy activity with policy-makers and industry. It is funded by Power to Change, and you can read more about it and some of the recipients of the innovation grants here.
The webinars will take place at the rate of one a month from June 2020 to May 2021. They are free and you can register for a many or as few as you like. But you will need to register in advance where there'll be the opportunity to submit questions
In each Innovation Lab webinar there will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to submit a question beforehand.