Community Energy Groups are formed by people coming together to create ground level solutions to tackle Climate Change, reduce energy inequalities, and reconnect people with how energy is consumed and generated.
They implement projects to reduce consumption of energy and reduce local carbon emissions by providing locally owned and governed sources of renewable energy, that generate funds for tackling fuel poverty and increasing energy efficiency.
Community energy groups in London currently own and operate 2 MW (latest data from CEL’s projects map 05/21) of solar PV situated on churches, social housing blocks and schools that have been financed through the purchase of shares by members of the community.
Other technologies such as micro anaerobic digestion have been installed to a lesser extent. Some groups are developing renewable heat solutions, for example CREW has installed air-source heat pumps in certain locations in London. Some community energy groups focus on promotion of energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty by financing or facilitating retrofit or by delivering grant funded fuel poverty alleviation work.
Moreover, some community groups, like Brent Pure Energy, reinvest in their community, by facilitating and funding other carbon zero activities and social impact projects through a Community Energy Fund.
Find out more about the history of Community Energy Groups in the UK in Sustainable Overton website.