Our work in Surrey
Surrey County Council has declared a climate emergency and committed the county to becoming net zero carbon by 2050. To help achieve this, Surrey County Council have teamed up with Community Energy South to provide support and training for the development of community-led renewable energy groups and projects throughout Surrey.
As part of the project, Community Energy South contacted local groups and individuals to understand what community led renewable energy projects may already exist. These include projects that support, generate, own or manage renewable energy installations in local communities, reduce energy consumption and help reduce fuel poverty. From the survey conducted, several groups have been identified and are receiving free support through this programme.
There are still spaces available, so If you are already working on community energy projects, have ideas that you want to develop or are interested in being part of a community energy project and don’t know where to start; help is at hand.
Community energy mentors can either help your existing group to start new projects or bring together people that are interested to start a new project. Step by step support is available to make projects happen, create local solutions to the climate crisis and make a difference to you and the people in your community.
Please get in touch with Esmé at Community Energy South if you are interested to be part of it.
Ollie Pendered, Chief Executive of Community Energy South said,
We are delighted to be working with Surrey County Council to support the growth of community energy across the county. We are excited to discover what projects are already underway and hear about new ideas that are out there. Through our partnership we will find ways to support new projects and groups going forward so that community energy can thrive in Surrey.
Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said,
28% of the emissions in Surrey are from the energy used to heat and light our homes. By increasing the amount of green energy produced, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint as a county. Community energy projects are a fantastic way of empowering communities to generate their own green energy and we’re delighted to be able to support this in Surrey.
This initiative will provide free resources, business development support, funding and networking opportunities to kick start new organisations in local communities that can develop and manage renewable energy projects