Powering our Communities Fund

Powering our Communities Fund

Putting community and local energy at the heart of our communities.

The aim of our 'Powering our Communities Fund' is to support projects that put community and local energy at the heart of their communities and in particular can demonstrate how they can contribute to the delivery of one of the following priorities:

  • Engaging communities in energy issues, particularly energy efficiency
  • Supporting vulnerable customers and/or reducing fuel poverty in our communities
  • Investigating or delivering new ways of working, fit for a smart, flexible low carbon grid.

Powering our Communities Fund projects 2019

We are pleased to announce the following successful applications to our Powering our Communities Fund. We are committing a total of £71,000 to:

Energy Local Alston Moor, Alston Moor Community Energy, Cumbria

This project will investigate how to bring a hydro scheme into community ownership and use the Energy Local model for the first time in our region to develop the business case. It will also transfer skills from the Energy Local team to community energy groups in Cumbria.

Eco Warriors, Burnley Boys and Girls Club, Lancashire

This project is led by the girls and boys and will give them the knowledge and skills to reduce their own carbon footprint and to become eco warriors in their community. The funding will also be used to reduce the carbon footprint of their facilities and is being co-funded by the sale of their mini-bus which the girls and boys decided to sell to reduce their carbon footprint.

Energy Justice Salford, buying-led local wealth, Carbon Coop, Greater Manchester

This project will develop a new user-led approach to deliver energy efficiency measures to households, particularly those in fuel poverty in partnership with the local authority, the community and local suppliers.

Fuel Katao, Paisay Bachao (Save fuel, save money), Kashmir Youth Project, Lancashire

Bi-lingual energy efficiency advice and tools for the Kashmir community in Rochdale.

Community-owned energy supply, Burneside Community Energy, Cumbria

This project will develop the business case for community-owned energy assets to supply a new housing development in Burneside, Cumbria for the benefit of the whole village.

Provision of electronic displays for solar generation, Oldham Community Power, Greater Manchester

Electronic displays for four schools with community-owned solar panels to show the children how they work and engage them on energy issues.