Obtaining funding

It is important for community groups to be able to understand and carry out assessments of the indicative financial performance of a community renewable energy project. Financial models are often complicated and can be difficult to set up for inexperienced groups. 

  • Community Energy London - 10 step guide to setting up a community energy group and getting started, including obtaining funding.
  • This spreadsheet gives an example of a financial model for a community renewable energy project. The aim is to give community groups a worked example of an indicative early-stage financial model to help understand the potential profitability of community renewable investments.
  • We regularly update our own page with time-limited and ongoing funding opportunities relevant to community energy.
  • Thrive Renewables (a CEE member) offer a Community Bridge Financial Model where they finance community energy organisations to help them acquire renewable energy installations. They can structure their investment as pure acquisition, joint ventures or mezzanine loans. See also the presentation slides below.
  • For inspiration from abroad, see this series of case studies from DenmarkGermany and the UK on cost and financing aspects of community renewable energy projects.

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