Community energy is all about communities coming together to take control of their energy requirements. One part of this is renewable energy generation through, for example, solar PV, hydro, biomass, wind power or ground/air source heat pumps. Community renewable energy schemes might be the local village hall with solar panels and an air-source heat pump or it might be larger scale such as a hydro scheme. These types of schemes are often funded through community shares and involve an element of community benefit.
Worcestershire County Council is keen to encourage community energy projects. More detail about community renewables and how to go about establishing a project is in the guidance document.
A 'Community Renewable Energy' briefing note will be published when there are significant changes to community energy policy which will impact on community groups considering a scheme.