What is Community Energy?

Community Energy describes group action to generate renewable energy and reduce energy consumption, with the aim of tackling climate change and putting control of energy production and management in the hands of local people.

Community Energy groups are locally led and controlled and have an emphasis on local engagement, with the benefit that the local community benefit from the outcome of any projects.

Local groups understand both the potential and challenges of their local area, and are able to bring people together with common purpose.

The government state that at least 5000 community groups have undertaken energy initiatives in the last five years, which include community-owned renewable electricity installations such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind turbines or hydroelectric generation; members of the community jointly switching to a renewable heat source such as a heat pump or biomass boiler, known as District Heating; and supporting energy saving measures such as the installation of cavity wall or solid wall insulation.