powering up your community resource library
The Co-op is working with Forum for the Future and Co-ops UK to develop a community power vision for the UK. There is a launch event on the 15th February.
Latest announcement from Government on the Feed-in Tariff.
Friends of the Earth briefing paper on the FiT review – covers all those frequently asked questions from What has the government proposed for schemes run by local communities? to the What are the impacts of the government proposals?
The £15 million rural communities energy fund supports rural communities in England to develop community energy projects. It provides a grant to fund initial investigation and feasibility and a loan to support planning applications and to robust business case.
Guide to decentralised energy: planning, development and delivery.
DECC advice and guidance to communities interested in setting up community energy projects, including links to video training, how to set up legal structures, information about funding and the national heat map.
Guide for local groups interested in setting up a community energy project.
DECC has produced a quick start guide to the feed-in tariff scheme, the tariffs and how ti works.
Guides to support the setting up of social enterprises to combat the challenges of peak oil, including sustainable community loan fund and developing community energy.
This guide goes into detail as to how this successful West Oxford community developed ways to take action on climate change and generate a “double carbon cut”.
The Centre for Sustainable Energy has developed a hands-on guide to community renewables, covering advice, technical information, workshop ideas and case studies.
Comprehensive guide on community energy, covering everything from taking action to saving energy in the home.
Low down on installing PV on Matthew Arnold School in West Oxford.
templates & examples
This brochure sets out the purpose, benefits and terms and conditions of ONCORE’s share offer to fund an installation of solar PV at the Cherwell School.
The key elements Osney Lock Hydro took into consideration when launching their share offer scheme.
A summary budget and list of the support services used for the Osney Lock Hydro share offer launch.
Based on sample from National Energy Foundation, this is ONCORE’s invitation to tender for the installation of 50kWp solar PV at the Cherwell School.
Sample postcard to support a local planning application for a community renewable energy project.
A sample letter of intent to Matthew Arnold School re installing a solar PV array on the school roofs.
Sets out West Oxford Community Renewables’ plan for developing renewable energy projects in the West Oxford area. It goes into their fund raising strategy; financial forecasts; development costs and installation timelines.
WOCORE’s planning proposal to install a wind turbine on the old Corpus Christi sports field. It looks at the reasons to install wind and balance energy generation for a community.
This document sets out the terms of WOCoRe’s share offer to fund a range of renewable energy projects in West Oxford.
Ten school projects in and around Bath were developed by Bath and West Community Energy following a share offer that raised over £700,000.
Brixton Energy create co-operatively-owned renewable projects. An interesting case study.
The Energy Saving Trust have put together a range of case studies on community energy projects.
OVESCO developed a solar PV project on Harvey’s Brewery in Lewes following an amazing share offer that raised £350,000.
This paper looks at the renewable energy potential for the West Oxford area.
Case study of the first wind project undertaken by West Oxford Community Renewables.
This was the first collaboration between a community and a large retail business to install solar PV in the UK. The case study looks at the installation of 52kWp of solar PV on the newly-built Aldi supermarket in West Oxford.
In partnership with Oxford City Council, West Oxford Community Renewables installed five solar PV arrays of 2kWp each on social housing in the area.
This is the first example of the lease of a roof by a community group for solar PV in the UK.
This case study shows the further installation of solar PV on the roofs of the King’s Centre and Cotswold Hall in West Oxford.
This case study is on the largest solar PV array on a school in the UK: 100kWp on Matthew Arnold School in West Oxford.
The community that installed the wind farm at Westmill have put together an inspiring video – Westmill Voices – on the wind farm and the community that supported it, and what it means to them.
A short documentary showing how Fintry in rural Stirlingshire, Scotland, has embraced renewable energy for a more sustainable future for their community.
Encraft have developed a whole range of calculators to measure everything from heat pumps to solar thermal and your own carbon footprint.
Enter your postcode into the database and it will show you the estimated wind speeds at your location at three heights: 20m, 25m and 45m. There are also some useful calculators on this site to convert logs priced per volume and heating oil to price per kW to compare against other fuel sources.
CAT aims to inspire and inform people to live more sustainably. They offer practical solutions to environmental problems and run courses and provide information on all aspects of sustainable living, including a report on their vision of a zero carbon Britain.
Signposting website from DECC to help communities working on renewable energy projects.
The CHP Development Map identifies locations in the UK where CHP (combined heat and power) has the greatest potential, and therefore the largest environmental impact.
This online map, published by DECC, shows key renewable installations around the country. You can filter by energy source, region or planning authority. A useful, if cumbersome, overview of renewables in the UK.
This site gives the lowdown on the FiT tariffs – how they work, regulation and legislation as well as an update on the reviews and changes.
IKEA is now stocking solar panels in all of their UK stores. They offer a fully-installed system for £5700.
PlanLoCaL has a suite of resources including films, a resource pack and website which aims to support communities and groups that are planning for low carbon living.
The REA’s “marketplace” is a platform for public, private and community groups to make business connections with the renewables industry, free of charge.
The Renewable Energy Association’s latest report looks at employment figures and turnover in the renewable energy sector in the UK. Interesting reading.
A clear explanation of the RHI and how it works.
A quick-time video on installing a solar pv array.