What is community energy?

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Community energy projects share an emphasis on community ownership, leadership or control, and allow community benefits to stay in the local community.

In B&NES we have some fantastic examples of community energy, including those of Bath & West Community Energy, whose community owned solar arrays are among the first to power Our Local Green Energy.

Bath & West Community Energy’s projects have been built with the help of investment from local people, who as members have an important role in running the organisation. What’s more, the projects generate an income each year for BWCE’s Community Fund – open to community groups for local projects. To date, £145k has been distributed to this fund to provide grants to local projects that help tackle climate change and reduce fuel poverty.