Supporting a network of community energy groups

Since 2013, Community Energy South has provided support for a network of community energy groups in the south-east of England. We have been instrumental in pushing the boundaries of community energy solutions. In recent years, we’ve added support for capacity building in the north-east and north-west of England empowering communities to lead on the future energy needs of their localities.

We have a vision that every District or Borough council should benefit from community energy. We want each council to have a Community Energy Network to support their areas to achieve Net Zero

Community Energy South is based in Lewes, East Sussex, with staff members and a board working remotely across our delivery areas.

The benefits of Community Energy

In the community energy sector people work together to reduce energy use and generate low carbon heat and power.

Community energy projects require local leadership, a collective vision and community engagement. As a result, they bring positive outcomes for everyone in the local community. The create a democratic energy system that’s decentralised and decarbonised.

Community groups often have distinct, specific localised goals with an overarching benefit of tackling climate change, energy security and making energy affordable. Ideally, groups deliver on:

  • Supporting communities to net zero and helping raise awareness of the value of locally led action on climate change. 
  • Building and investing in their own renewable energy
  • Understanding local energy needs and helping their communities to save energy and money.
  • Offering skills, training and job opportunities.  
2030 Vision for Community Energy