The Communities Living Sustainably learning partnership has published a new report looking at energy use and behaviour change, community engagement in local renewable energy planning and community renewable energy projects.
The energy learning report, produced by Energy Saving Trust and Groundwork UK, looks at the progress communities have made over an 18 month period, as part of the Big Lottery funded Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) programme. The five year programme, supported by Groundwork, provided up to £1 million to twelve communities to test ways of dealing with the potential impacts of climate change.
The report looks at the progress CLS projects have made in embedding sustainable approaches to energy use in their communities.
The CLS in Dorset project has established ‘Dorset Community Energy’, a new community energy co-operative that is aiming to deliver six solar installations on local schools and village halls. The project is developing a finance package for the scheme, which will include a loan to cover the initial capital and a community share issue which will enable local people to own a share in the project.
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