Generate energy locally

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Be part of the solution

Soaring gas and electricity prices have created a new urgency nationally behind the switch to cheaper, domestic renewable sources. We play a role locally as moving to more secure, low-carbon and lower-cost alternatives also involves people producing and consuming their own energy.

As decentralised renewable energy projects start up, our infrastructure evolves towards better local storage and energy management, which in turn encourages more local energy generation. This virtuous cycle is already in motion – we just need to speed it up dramatically.

Communities have stepped in because increasing control over our energy has improved cost-effective supply to our schools, community buildings and local housing developments. It’s also helping to reduce fuel poverty and to generate funds that can be invested back into the community.

Community-owned renewable energy can take several different forms, from co-operatives to community interest companies (CIC) and community benefit societies (CBS). These community energy projects are typically owned by local people through share offers and co-operative membership, and are led by the local community with member voting rights, board representation and a community fund.

There are around 300 community energy organisations across England. Reading Hydro CBS is a great example, where the completely volunteer-led project team has financed, built and operates a community hydropower plant, generating income and funding new community projects with surplus funds.

Across Scotland there are over 350 community energy projects. Near Cumnock, Netherthird Initiative for Community Empowerment (NICE solar PV) is one of many successful projects involving solar PV installations on community centre buildings that have reduced running costs and lowered emissions.

With around 60 community organisations, Wales has the highest number of community energy groups per person in the UK. Gower Power is just one example of the switch to local energy, with its innovative Gower Power Solar Storage project providing local people with locally produced renewable energy over the local grid.

Do you want to be part of the green energy solution? With the benefits of energy security, clean energy and financial returns to the local economy, these numbers are set to increase dramatically.

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