Advice for Community Energy groups in London
There is no shortage of enthusiastic people in London, keen to get together and make a difference to climate change, cold expensive homes and fuel poverty. However, knowing where to start can be confusing!
Making mistakes is an important part of the learning process. Community Energy London welcomes experimentation and we’re keen make the most of the chance to develop the sector through shared learning. To reduce the danger of ‘re-inventing the wheel’ and repeating mistakes already made, Community Energy London supports a network of active groups willing to advise and where possible, mentor other groups.
If you would like help finding a project near you, or starting up a project, please feel free to get in touch with our co-ordinator, Fleur at firstname.lastname@example.org. If existing groups need advice or help to grow, we are happy to see how we can help so please also get in touch. We don’t know everything, but we usually know someone who will …
If you’re researching community energy in London, see our publications for an insight into the sector so far:
Community Energy England (CEE) has a ‘Community Energy Resources Hub’ with extensive help and advice, and some templates to ease the process, together with an excellent community forum to ask like-minded people for help.
The Getting Started page has advice on: Establishing a Group; Structures and Governance; Energy Efficiency Project Planning and Renewable Energy Project Planning
The choosing and developing projects page has advice on: Renewable Technologies; Home Energy Efficiency; Collective Switching, Energy Management and Community Buildings Energy Efficiency.
The communications and engagement page has advice on: Getting People Involved, Behaviour Change and Community Engagement.
The funding and finance page has advice on: Financial Models for Renewables; Financing Renewable Projects; Feed In Tariff; Renewable Heat Incentive; Grant Funding and Procurement.
The Legal and Consents page has advice on: Securing a Site; Planning; Legal issues and Funding; Grid Connection and Power Purchase Agreements.
Pure Leapfrog now operate a system where community groups are able to access a suite of template documents with no up front cost; groups can pay for this access when their project is generating an income.
LEAP (Local Energy Accelerator Platform) is designed to help accelerate the delivery of community energy projects, whilst reducing risks and costs. The first plank of LEAP is the access to bankable, industry standard legal document templates and guidance notes.
The platform has a suite of over 20 templates documents covering a range of technologies including solar, wind, hydro, energy efficiency and provides templates for each stage of a project.