Four presentations from the ‘Bringing Power to the People: starting your own community renewable energy project’ workshop held at the Transition Network Conference.
The session was presented by Chris Rowland of OVESCO, Peter Capener of Bath and West Community Energy, Allan Shepherd, author of “The Home Energy Handbook”, and Frank Gordon of Westmill Solar Cooperative. Chaired by Peter Lipman of Transition Network. (scroll to the bottom of the full article to download the presentations as PDF’s)
The theme of the workshop: Community energy companies are one of the most exciting innovations emerging through Transition initiatives. OVESCO recently raised over £300,000 to set up the UK’s first ‘community solar power station’, and Bath and West Community Energy over £700,000 in their community share option. What are the essential ingredients in planning a community energy company, where to start and where could it all go?