Designing & planning a community energy project
Deciding what type of renewable energy project to pursue can be very dependent on where you live and what opportunities are available in your local area. Often securing permission to use the site you have chosen for your project is the biggest hurdle in a community getting a renewable energy initiative off the ground.
If your group is developing a project, creating a project development plan can help you to understand and manage the process. This can be populated with all tasks to be completed during project development, timescales and the person responsible for each task, to help you plan and keep track of your activity.
- Next Generation project has produced several webinars about different models of community energy.
- Community Energy South and Essex Council created a Community Energy Pathway.
- Community Energy London created a getting started guide.
- SPEN have a Zero Carbon Communities Hub.
- Thrive Renewables have listed 10 things to think about when planning a community energy project.
- Pure Leapfrog has created a comprehensive legal toolkit.
- PowerPaired is a matchmaking service for community energy groups and the owners of sites with renewable energy potential.
- The community renewable energy project plan template developed for the Scottish Government's CARES programme may be useful even if your project is in England or Wales.
- The CSE's website has information on planning your renewable energy project.
- Coalfields Regenearation Trust Wales created the first-ever legal roadmap to support the creation of community-owned renewable energy projects.
- Local Energy Scotland has developed host of useful resources including ideas on developing a project and a project plan template.
- Cornwall Council has produced a helpful energy efficiency and renewable energy advice note on Neighbourhood Planning.
- Temple Bright has created a guide about Environmental Impact Assessments.
- You may, however, be more interested in an energy efficiency project.