Peer support for community groups with bright ideas for energy innovation ...

22 February 2021

Community energy groups across England can benefit from a new peer support programme, launched today (22 February 2021) to help develop new and innovative business models.

The Next Generation Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme aims to harness the skills, enthusiasm and expertise of the community energy sector. Funded by the independent trust Power to Change, the programme will encourage shared learning in order to replicate business models and support genuinely sustainable, financially viable and innovative community businesses focused on locally-led solutions to net zero.

This new initiative builds on the Next Generation programme that currently supports 11 new schemes covering an impressive range of community energy community approaches including smart lighting, harvesting solar power to charge electric vehicles, and a dedicated energy saving service for local schools.

For much more about the Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme and to apply go to the Next Generation website. Applications close on 15 March, so you need to act quickly.

And we're hosting a webinar (11am, Thursday 4 March) to share details about the Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme and answer questions. Register here.

“We are excited by the opportunity that the Community Energy Peer Mentoring programme represents" said Keith Hempshall, CSE's Head of Local and Community Empowerment. "It will help communities across the UK to play a full role in delivering climate emergency objectives and creating a future energy system that is more democratic, decentralised and decarbonised.”

Will Walker, Programme & Investment Manager on community energy at Power to Change said: “We believe communities must play a prominent role in the move to a net zero carbon society and there are huge local benefits – financial, social and environmental – in doing so.  Through the Next Generation programme we have been able to support new schemes and bold ideas around the country that aim to deliver zero carbon outcomes. We are now excited to be able to share the learning and challenges through structured peer to peer support. Our hope is this will enable the sector to accelerate the development of new innovative community energy projects and avoid reinventing the wheel.”

Application details can be found here:

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