This Community Energy Fortnight (and every week) we have been tweeting a lot about community energy. In fact, the UK Community Energy body, Community Energy England even kindly asked us to run their very first Twitter takeover on Monday to kick off Community Energy Fortnight. Not too shabby for a group of green folk from Wandsworth!
But, while we may live and breathe community energy, we know not everyone is familiar with it (some of our members didn’t even know what it was until they joined the CREW). So, to celebrate #CEF2020, we want to share the knowledge and green love by introducing you to our friends and raison d’être!
“Community energy refers to the delivery of community led renewable energy, energy demand reduction and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners.”
In other words, community energy is fitting schools, churches, sports clubs and other community buildings with renewable energy, such as solar PV panels or heat pumps, reducing the carbon footprint in our area, and fostering shared ownership and resilience.
Here at CREW, however, we believe community energy is about outreach beyond the install. As the name would suggest, it’s about community; empowering people in your local area to change their behaviours (or adapt them) to become more energy efficient.
Our outreach programmes help train the next generation of eco-minded community members. We’re even planning to literally train them and create employment in the process (watch this space).
CREW believes community energy is a group of people coming together, taking action and using local resources to reduce, manage or generate their own energy. It’s happening all over the country, and Community Energy Fortnight is our chance to shout about it.
Considering the 2.5 million people mobilised in their communities to offer support during COVID-19, we are pretty sure we can find some like-minded community members who want to be part of this in Merton and Wandsworth!
In the meantime, everything you need to learn about community energy is right here on our website! Read more at the following links:
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