Community energy articles

Nov
20
2015
Dave Darby

Beware the ‘sharing’ economy – back door for a more rapacious form of capitalism

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Something that’s been troubling me for a while. The ‘sharing’ economy must be a good thing, right? I’ve been trying to see the good in it for a while. Sharing anything must mean that fewer resources are used, less waste produced, people get to know each other in their communities. All sounds great, doesn’t it? Read more …

Jul
6
2015
Jon Halle

How to get George Osborne to buy you shares in a wind turbine

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No, this isn’t a scam – you can get tax relief on shares in community energy. But it’s not charity – you don’t have to part with your money. It’s an investment, and one that is projected to give you a 7% return – much more than a bank savings account. Read more …

Jun
24
2015
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 1: introduction – how possible is it to live in a sustainable, non-corporate way in a city?

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I lived at Redfield Community for 13 years – it’s where Lowimpact.org was born – but now I live in London, and so I’m assessing my options for living as low-impact a life as I can. Read more …

May
24
2015
Paul Jennings

Community vetoes for wind farms, but not for fracking? What’s that about?

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On the one hand the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd, appears committed to stopping the spread of onshore wind farms; this despite the fact that they are already the most important and cost effective source of renewable energy in the UK, and enjoy the support of two thirds of the population; and on the other, she is determined to push forward fracking in line with David Cameron’s promise to ‘go all out’ for unconventional gas. Read more …

Apr
29
2015
Jon Halle

Announcing Sharenergy’s largest ever community energy share offer

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Sharenergy is happy to announce the launch of its largest ever share offer. We’ll be raising £1.35m to add to the £450,000 already subscribed for Heartland Community Wind in Scotland. Shares will attract EIS tax relief under the extension to EIS recently announced. Read more …

Nov
6
2014
Jon Halle

New share offers in community-owned renewable energy projects around the UK

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Pomona Solar launched its pioneer share offer during h-Energy festivities on 11th October in Hereford. Pomona’s first scheme is for a 250kW solar PV array that will supply low-cost electricity to small businesses located on the site. Read more …

Oct
21
2014
David Calver

Help put energy into the hands of local people, and make yourself a bit of money at the same time

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The Low Carbon Hub has just launched its 2014 community share offer to raise £1.5 million investment into its first wave of renewable energy schemes for Oxfordshire. Read more …

Jun
7
2014
Jon Halle

Ethical investments in renewable energy – you can make it happen

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A quick update on Sharenergy-supported projects and share offers. Firstly some great news – the first wind turbine supported by Sharenergy is now up and running in Dingwall Read more …

Mar
15
2014
Dan McCallum

Egni: sustainable investment and clean energy

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Another great community renewables project. Please pass these on to anyone you think may be looking for an ethical investment that will get more renewable energy into the grid, and start to take control of our electricity supply Read more …

Nov
1
2013
Jon Halle

Community-owned energy: how to sideline the big energy companies

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A quick Halloween update from Sharenergy. We’re very proud to say we are involved in 4 great share offers at the moment – spanning wind, hydro, solar and woodfuel technologies and across a swathe of the UK Read more …

Aug
31
2013
Norah Barnes

Eigg: community-owned island & the 1st completely wind, water and sun electricity grid in the world

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Sometimes a story will remind us that things can be done differently. The Isle of Eigg story is one of them. For more details of exactly what happened on Eigg, see Alastair Mcintosh’s book Soil and Soul (available here). Read more …

Jul
8
2013
Jon Halle

Two more community-owned renewables schemes that you can get involved with

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If you would like to see more community-owned co-operative renewable energy projects in the UK, there are practical ways that you can help. Over to Jon for some schemes you can invest in Read more …

Sep
26
2012
Jon Halle

Woodheat community share offer: 10% left

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Woolhope Woodheat are now up to 90% of their share total with 2 days to go. Thats £27,000 more we need with a mighty £247,650 already subscribed for by 127 prospective members.

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Aug
28
2012
Mark Wells

Hydro-electricity community share offer

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Hydro power is an attractive source of local renewable energy for Sheffield, which builds on the long history of water power in the city. This artist’s impression shows the fish friendly Archimedes screw turbine we will install at the site. Read more …

Jul
8
2012
Philip Wolfe

You can be part owner of a large solar power plant

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Westmill solar park is located near to Watchfield, on the Wiltshire/Oxfordshire border, just off the A420. The site is operating successfully and consists of 30 acres of over 20,000 solar panels. Read more …

Jun
26
2012
Jon Halle

The Woolhope Woodheat Project

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You might like to have a look at our project which covers a load of bases – reducing carbon emissions, protecting neglected woodland, creating employment in woodland management, providing greener heat for hard-to-heat buildings. Read more …

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