The list of questions and answers above are popular examples of the many queries we have received. Every project is different, and we are here to help you. So, if you’re unsure, please contact RCEF@energyhub.org.uk
There are several organisations that focus on community energy and provide online information and resources that can help you. This includes Community Energy England, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Community Energy South, Community Energy London and the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) toolkit. (Note: Some of the CARES resources may apply to Scotland only).
The Fund is aimed at community groups. Administrative arrangements will only be made with such groups, even if they are supported by a third party. We recommended that enquiries and applications to the Fund should come from a community group direct. Applications for joint ventures may be accepted and would be considered on a case-by-case basis, however a community organisation would have to be the key participant and own at least 50% of the project.
Town or parish councils are eligible, provided they are in a rural area. Community amateur sports clubs are also eligible to apply.
Single community buildings would be eligible if they meet certain conditions. The project should enable an amount of energy to be exported back to the grid which is equivalent to that used by the single building. The income from this exported energy must then be used for community benefit. Single buildings that generate their own energy and export excess to other buildings would also be eligible. Community buildings that are generating energy solely for self-consumption without supply to the grid or other buildings would not be eligible.
Many community energy developers have asked us for information about procuring consultants for their projects. We are not able to endorse or promote any specific supplier. However, we have compiled here a set of weblinks to information provided by other organisations, which may be of help. We accept no liability should you choose to engage a specific supplier, which is entirely at your own risk.
We are recording a presentation about the Fund which will be available here soon.