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What is Community Energy?

Posted on 26 June 2017

Up and down the UK, there are over 5,000 communities undertaking community energy projects to help generate and save energy, together.

For example, this could be communities using solar panels, wind turbines or hydroelectric generation to create energy which the whole community can benefit from.

Why is Community Energy so important?

Community Energy is a fantastic way to generate energy responsibly. With a focus on renewable energy, Community Energy is a great example of people coming together to help look after our planet.

At Co-op Energy, we’re passionate about working within our communities and an example of this is how we help to grow Community Energy projects via Power Purchase Agreements.

What is a Power Purchase Agreement?

Commonly known as a PPA, a Power Purchase Agreement involves a buyer purchasing electricity from a seller who generates electricity.

Co-op Energy currently have 40 community-led PPAs in place, a huge increase from just nine in 2014. We also hope to increase our community PPAs to 60 over the next three years.

What type of Community Energy projects are there?

Our current PPA portfolio feature all kinds of community projects. Including energy generated through hydro, wind and solar, community projects include schools, businesses and communities.

What are you doing to support Community Energy?

We’re passionate about helping our communities generate clean energy, and you can read more about our commitments in our Community Energy Strategy, which we will continually keep updated.

Where can I find out more?

Take a look at our Community Energy Strategy, or view external organisations Community Energy England or Community Energy Coalition.  

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