Help and Investment
Energy 4 All: the UKs leading expert in Community-owned renewable energy schemes.
Sharenergy: a not-for-profit organisation which helps communities find, build and own renewable energy generation throughout the UK.
Abundance Generation offers you the chance to invest in renewable energy projects, meaning you can make money while supporting the planet.
Trillion Fund: a group of developers, asset managers, energy boffins, tech geeks, journalists and campaigners who are all motivated by two things: helping people to do something important (but still profitable) with their money and generating more clean energy for us to use.
The Community Generation Fund is a national fund created to provide a catalyst for the widespread development of community-owned renewable energy infrastructure.
Community Energy Scotland: a registered charity that provides practical help for communities on green energy development and energy conservation.
Local Energy Scotland: a consortium made up of the Energy Saving Trust (EST), Changeworks, The Energy Agency, SCARF and The Wise Group. Local Energy Scotland administers and manages the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) with support for delivery from Ricardo-AEA.
Community Energy Projects
Friends of the Earth Scotland has produced a series of short films about community energy projects including:
The People’s Windmill, Glasgow (campaign introduction)
Directory of community energy projects around the UK.
Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA): the leading advocate of an integrated approach to delivering energy services using combined heat and power and district heating.
Sustainable Energy Association: a member based industry body offering innovative policy solutions that link up building-level technologies and the wider energy system to achieve a low carbon, secure energy future for the UK, benefits for UK consumers, and commercial growth for businesses working in the sector.
Renewable Energy Association (REA): a not-for-profit trade association, representing British renewable energy producers and promoting the use of renewable energy in the UK. REA helps our members build commercially and environmentally sustainable businesses whilst increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the UK’s electricity, heat, transport and green gas needs.
Solar Trade Association: the leading voice for solar in the UK. A not-for-profit trade association which represents a diverse membership across the solar power and solar heating industry. The STA works in conjunction with its members to achieve the right regulatory framework and incentives for solar to deliver an increasing contribution to the UK’s electricity and heating needs.
British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) is the National trade association of the UK solar photovoltaic industry. A fully independent not-for-profit organisation and the only trade association in the UK with 100% focus on solar PV.
Energy Saving Trust (EST): a social enterprise with a charitable Foundation. Through our partnerships we offer impartial advice to communities and households on how to reduce carbon emissions, use water more sustainably and save money on energy bills. We work with governments, local authorities, third sector organisations and businesses.
Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) formed by a number of major companies active within the energy conservation industry, which aims to encourage a positive national awareness of the need for and benefits of energy conservation, to help establish a sensible and consistent national policy and programme, and to increase investment in all appropriate energy saving measures.
National Insulation Association (NIA) represents the insulation industry in the UK including manufacturers and installers of a number of insulation solutions.
Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA): a not-for-profit organisation representing businesses in the anaerobic digestion sector, to help remove the barriers to growth currently faced by the industry and to promote the benefits of AD to the UK. We want to realise the potential of the AD industry, and allow this sector to deliver energy security and economic growth – in waste management, farming, transport and food processing, among others – while also combating climate change.
The Heat Pump Association is a Trade Association representing manufacturers and distributors of heat pumps in the UK.
Use Wood Fuel Scotland created by Forestry Commission Scotland as part of a package of work delivered under the Regional Biomass Advice Network (RBAN) project which ran from 2008 to 2011. The overall objective of the programme was to bring about a vibrant, sustainable and viable biomass industry in Scotland. The RBAN’s activities encouraged the installation of biomass boilers and to develop the wood fuel supply chain.
Cumbrian Energy Revolution: an alternative energy strategy for Cumbria by No 2 Nuclear Power and North Lakes and West Cumbria Friends of the Earth.
No 2 Nuclear Power: a good source of UK energy news published on a daily basis.
Run on Sun is Friends of the Earth’s campaign to make it easy for schools to run on solar power – and save bags of cash to spend on pupils.
Solar Schools project is putting clean energy in classrooms all over the country. Schools set a fundraising target for their very own solar roof, then everyone chips in to help make it happen.
Friends of the Earth Scotland Community Power Campaign: people’s ownership of renewable energy is vital to win public support for the transition to renewables and ensure communities can benefit. Under a joint Community Energy campaign we have teamed up with organisations from across Europe. Our aim is to: speed up the development of renewable projects by supporting a favourable legislative environment; inform and educate policymakers, empowering them to put forward enabling frameworks; build a broad, public coalition in support of community renewable energy projects; inform and engage the public through workshops, street stalls, stunts and more.
Community Power: Community-owned energy projects have the potential to transform our energy system. Communities and cooperatives all over Europe are creating projects where they own and are actively involved in running an energy resource.