For communities

Community energy delivery

We provide the tools and professional expertise to enable communities to develop locally-owned solar energy. This could be on their housing blocks, schools, churches or other public building. The professional skills and services we provide to facilitate the creation of community-energy include:

Project Management and Feasibility

  • Project Management
  • Technical Feasibility (solar assessment)
  • Financial modelling and business planning
  • Planning and consents
  • Procurement and contractor management
  • Communications and reporting
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Legal – lease and Power Purchase Agreements
  • Manage installation
  • Community Engagement and Delivery
  • Door knocking and surveys
  • Coordinating meetings and events
  • Establish and register renewable energy cooperatives which run the project and are staffed by local people
  • Share offer
  • Produce share offer
  • Marketing and share offer promotions
  • Share offer administration

Post-delivery support

  • Business support – VAT, tax, rates
  • Monitoring and Metering
  • FIT registration

Educational services

We provide educational services every time we facilitate a community energy scheme and we also offer them as stand alone services.

Internship programme

The internship programme is the central strand of our educational services. It is designed to empower young people aged 14 to 24 by giving them practical skills and training to use in the green economy. The training is delivered over 30 sessions and is aimed at secondary school students, school leavers, the unemployed and those who want to work in the environmental or community and voluntary sector.

The programme is delivered over the academic year, with breaks during half-term and term holidays. Sessions are held at convenient times and locations to meet the needs of the interns. These usually take place in the evenings on a weekly basis.
The internship programme has now been aligned with content from AQA unit modules, meaning interns are given the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate issued by AQA upon successful completion.

Our interns develop skills in:

  • Low carbon & renewable technologies
  • Technical feasibilities
  • Solar system design
  • Solar panel making workshops
  • Energy efficiency training
  • Community engagement
  • Co-operative business studies
  • Solar panel installations
  • CV writing and interview skills
  • Workplace interaction and interpersonal skills

We provide paid work experience opportunities for adults who want to learn new skills and find employment in the renewables sector.

We provide mentoring for local adults wishing to learn about solar energy

Fuel Poverty Services

We deliver fuel poverty initiatives as part of our community energy schemes. These can also be provided as stand alone services. Our fuel poverty services include:

  • Energy management workshops
  • Home energy audits and installation of energy efficiency measures
  • Energy Switching advice
  • Debt management

The benefits

Social benefits

  • We strengthen communities by helping them develop a solar energy scheme created, owned and managed by the local community.
  • Our schemes offer locals the opportunity to meet new people, build relationships and have fun.
  • Our educational services provide valuable job skills, training and experience in the growing renewable energy sector. This increases the employability of community members including vulnerable young people and jobseekers.
  • Interns receive AQA accreditation, increasing their employability.
  • Interns gain from increased self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Our fuel poverty services improve the lives of vulnerable local people by reducing fuel bills and making their homes warmer.
  • Financial benefit
  • Our renewable energy projects provide investment opportunities for local people as the capital costs are funded through a community share offer.
  • There is a highly competitive Return on Investment, with each project typically delivering shareholders a return of 3-4% per annum.
  • Under our model a ring-fenced cash-fund called a “community fund” is created and the money is spent within the community.
  • Clean energy schemes create resilience to energy price shocks, with energy resold for communal usage at up to a 5% discount.
  • Environmental benefit
  •  Renewable energy infrastructure is created which generates clean, low-carbon power. This tackles climate change by reducing communities’ carbon footprints.
  • Energy efficiency schemes delivered under our fuel poverty services reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

10 – 15 paid work experience placements Over 5,000 residents engaged
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A 100 kWp project will deliver… (make into infographic)

100 kWp solar PV array installed 10 – 12 internships

85,000 kWh generated p.a. 20 Energy Efficiency “Train the trainer”

Consultancy services

Repowering can also act as a consultant to communities who wish to set up energy schemes themselves. The services we offer on a consultancy basis include:

  • Project management
  • Financial modelling
  • Technical feasibilities
  • Policy analysis
  • Access to a network of investors
  • Community engagement and events
  • Solar panel making workshops