Decarbonise your community by starting your own Community Wind Farm Project!
Community energy projects are collective activities at a local level which aim to produce and manage energy from renewable sources.
Steps to Decarbonise your Community (Scotland):
Local Energy Scotland are the organisation in charge of administering the Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), which aims to support local renewable energy projects across Scotland. They offer free advice on how to start your own community green energy project, including how to secure funding, and have put together a brilliant ToolKit explaining the steps on how to get started. The steps for this are summarised below:
- Initialising: Gathering information on your community’s energy needs. This is basically assessing the opportunities a community energy project would provide and the potential challenges it would face.
- Mobilisation: Getting others involved! Communicate the scope and area that your ideas cover and let people know what the aims of the project are.
- Data Gathering: Collecting various types of data to help build a clearer picture of what your community’s energy needs are. This can be done in many ways – an important source if often simply local knowledge
- Operations Appraisal: This is the stage where you begin to consider what changes need to be made to meet the specific needs of your community.
- Plan Development: Tying together everything you have achieved in the previous stages, and forming a workable plan that will help to accomplish your community’s energy and transport ambitions.
- Taking The Plan Forward: Your Community-led Local Energy Plan is now complete and it’s time to figure out the best way to take the plan forward so it can be put into action ASAP!
There are also similar community energy schemes (with ToolKits provided to get you started) and government grants available in Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Each of these pages provide loads of material for help and guidance in starting your own community-owner renewable energy project no matter where you live in the UK.
So, what are you waiting for?