Visitors at a Westmill Solar Co-operative Open Day at Westmill Solar Park, June 2012. Attribution: Ben Cavanna
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According to Renewables First, the proportion of energy generated through community-owned production amounts to 86 percent in Denmark, 15 percent in Germany, and a woeful 0.5 percent in the UK. When communities take energy generation into their own hands, it connects the user to the source. Greater public appreciation of what goes into that easily flicked light switch is possible, and this hopefully encourages more mindful consumption. On top of that, community energy schemes generally utilise localised, renewable resources.[1]

Events[edit | edit source]

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Networks[edit | edit source]

  • Green Open Homes network which supports low-carbon open homes events across the country through free resources and advice. link checked 08:33, 17 August 2023 (UTC)
  • SuperHomes network sharing retrofit knowledge and best practice

Resources[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]


Centre for Sustainable Energy's youtube channel

How to's[edit | edit source]

Scaling up Community Energy: a how-to Guide, March 2[2]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Community energy hub

rural community energy projects on Google Maps

UK energy map from energyshare

Interactive Maps: trends in fuel poverty, energy use and energy efficiency measures, The Department of Energy and Climate Change

Interactive Map from Energy4All

Offshore wind electricity map The Crown Estate

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

According to Renewables First, the proportion of energy generated through community-owned production amounts to 86 percent in Denmark, 15 percent in Germany, and a woeful 0.5 percent in the UK.[3]

The total of all renewable electricity sources provided for 14.9% of the electricity generated in the United Kingdom in 2013, reaching 53.7 TWh of electricity generated. W

As of April 29, 2014, according to the latest wave of DECC survey results, 70% are in favour and only 12% oppose onshore wind.[4]

In April 2011 a YouGov survey indicated that the number of households in fuel poverty had risen to 6.3 million households, representing approximately 24% of all households in the UK. W

Winderful - visualising UK's wind energy in real time. Made by DIAS

5,000 community energy groups active in the UK, June 4, 2015[5]

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Look Up, made by 10:10, carbon cutting campaign

Other resources[edit | edit source]

This is the Big Solar Co-op
Authors: sharenergy, July 19, 2023
  • Big Solar Co-op, community solar, not-for-profit, carbon-first and volunteer-led organisation, solarising commercial and community buildings all over the UK from doctors surgeries to factories and everything in between. added 11:48, 11 December 2023 (UTC). The Big Solar Co-op: ethical, community-led rooftop solar, on
  •, "matchmaking service for community energy groups and the owners of sites with renewable energy potential"
  • Connecting Community Energy, A guide to getting a network connection,
  • Five ways you can support community energy in the UK,
  • Community Biomass Heating Guide, (England), Forestry Commission England
  • Community Energy - planning, development and delivery, a Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA), LDA Design and Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) guide, outlines a straightforward step-by-step approach to the challenge of creating a successful and efficient community energy scheme.[6] 9/11/2010
  • Community Energy, a guide aimed at local groups who are interested in setting up a community energy project. Information from GOV.UK
  • Community Energy Hub
  • Community renewable energy companies, Transition Network
  • Free resources for community energy groups 2015, from Gwent Energy CIC
  • Hydropower schemes: guidelines and applying for permission. Information from GOV.UK
  • Making DIY Solar Panels for your Off Grid home, Permaculture Magazine
  • The Rough Guide to Community Energy, downloadable or request a free printed copy
  • Solar water heating, advice laeflet, Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • The Source, Centre for Sustainable Energy
  • YouGen, social enterprise aiming to make it easy for people to get the information they need to invest in renewable energy (or decide it is not right for their home).
  • GreenMatch is a green energy platform that offers free personalised information for each household regarding how it could benefit or be otherwise influenced by converting to green energy.
  • General information on setting up a Community Energy Project Ovesco IPS

Community energy and climate and ecological emergency[edit | edit source]

Wind power in the United Kingdom[edit | edit source]

The UK is one of the best locations for wind power in the world, and is considered to be the best in Europe. Wind power delivers a growing percentage of the energy in the United Kingdom and at the beginning of August 2015, wind power in the United Kingdom consisted of 6,546 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of just over 13 gigawatts: 8,258 megawatts of onshore capacity and 5,054 megawatts of offshore capacity. The United Kingdom is ranked as the world's sixth largest producer of wind power, having overtaken France and Italy in 2012. Polling of public opinion consistently shows strong support for wind power in the UK, with nearly three quarters of the population agreeing with its use, even for people living near onshore wind turbines. W

Community solar in the United Kingdom[edit | edit source]


The first community solar farm in the United Kingdom is the 5 MW Westmill Solar Park, near Watchfield, Oxfordshire W

Energy efficiency[edit | edit source]

Saving energy is the cheapest of all measures. W

Fuel poverty in the United Kingdom[edit | edit source]

In the United Kingdom fuel poverty is said to occur when, in order to heat its home to an adequate standard of warmth, a household needs to spend more than 10% of its income on total fuel use. Adequate warmth is generally defined to be 21 °C in the main living room and 18 °C in other occupied rooms during daytime hours, with lower temperatures at night, following the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Fuel poverty is not just about access to heating as the definition of fuel is taken to include all expenditure on domestic energy, including that used for hot water, cooling, lights and appliances. W

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

  • Support the Local Electricity Bill, campaign by Power for People, a not-for-profit organisation, campaigning for the UK to rapidly transition to 100% clean energy and for this to benefit local economies:, added 18:47, 14 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Stop the government's daylight robbery!, Oct 19, 2018
  • Back Balcombe, national project run by 10:10
  • Blown Away, sign the petition
  • Fuel Poverty Action

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages

External links

Whilst not technically a co-operative itself, the organisation has helped create at least ten wind co-ops, including Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative and Boyndie Wind Farm Co-operative, who, along with Baywind, own Energy4All.
One of the co-operatives it has created, Energy Prospects Co-operative, specialises in taking early stage wind co-operatives through the development and planning application stages to the point where a community share offer, managed by Energy4All, can be launched to fund the project.
They won an Ashden Award in 2012. W


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