When we talk about a ‘community renewable energy project’, we mean a project that is led or co-led by a community organisation of some kind, or owned wholly or in part by members of the community, or benefits a community by:
Take a look at our Community Energy in Cumbria research report. This research has informed a programme of support that we can now offer.
The report covers renewable energy sources, and community energy models for power and heat, both direct consumption models and export models. It considers key issues and barriers, including the distance between installation point and consumer, funding, permissions, team capacity, site selection, and system size and grid connection.
Mini case studies highlight different community energy projects and illustrate the potential for more community energy across the county. These include Burneside Community Energy, which installed a 250kW solar PV system on factory roofs ; Community Energy Cumbria, which developed a 30kW hydro scheme at Killington reservoir and 30kW solar PV system on the roof of the HQ of the Lake District National Park, and Skelton Memorial Hall which installed a 60 panel, 19.5kW solar PV array on the hall roof, with battery storage capacity of approximately 35.8kWh.