Community energy refers to the delivery of community led projects to use and generate energy sustainably. This can include using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass or ground source or air source heat pumps. It can also include reducing the amount of energy needed by developing energy efficiency projects that benefit local communities. These projects can be delivered either wholly by communities, or partly owned through partnerships with commercial or public sector partners. It really depends on what is appropriate for your particular building, location and local area.
Energy services has previously provided energy advice and support to a number of community buildings in Newcastle, with funding from the European Union. The aim of this work was to introduce practical changes to energy use that can help save money and reduce the city’s carbon emissions.