How it works
We want more businesses and individuals to power their homes and workplaces through community-produced energy. That means buying through ethical tariffs… and there’s none better than Co-op Energy’s Community Power Tariff.
For every new customer that switches to the Community Power tariff, we’ll add a tenner to the Powering Communities Fund pot. No questions, no quibbles… we love doing it.
Throughout the year community groups from across the country will apply for financial grants to help them start or improve their community energy project. And twice a year we’ll dip into our pot to give away free financial grants to the successful applicants.
Considering Younity is a newbie in the world of community energy, we’re pretty excited to have already donated thousands of pounds. That means groups like Southill Community Energy, Brighton Energy Co-operative and Awel Aman Tawe can continue to change the way we produce and consume power.Apply for the fund
Powering Communities Fund case studies
Aldgate Solar Power
In December 2023, Aldgate Solar Power (ASP) held its final Creative Energy Club of the year and it was a resounding success! The club used art and creativity to make community energy more fun, engaging and inclusive and the results didn’t disappoint.
The event itself was enjoyed by a wide and diverse range of participants. Everyone had the chance to make their own renewable-powered villages out of clay, and afterwards, ASP led a discussion on cooperative values and how they could play a vital role in community energy. In the coming months, ASP is hoping to hire out a private venue, where the final art pieces will be publicly displayed.
Throughout 2023, ASP ran three separate creative energy clubs, with nearly 40 people taking part in creating art and learning about community energy, solar power and the big key players in the energy systems. ASP wanted to think outside the box when developing this club, trying to re-think the culture around energy, by finding experimental ways to make it more engaging to a whole new audience.
Originally, ASP had only planned on running three clubs, but as they were so popular, word spread and spots started to fill up quickly and it quickly became over-subscribed. As a result, we partnered with ASP to extend these projects, to make sure everyone who wanted to get involved got the chance to.
If you are in the local area and you missed out then don’t fear, the Creative Energy Club is also planning to make a return in the Spring so keep your eyes peeled as we will promote it on our events page.
Pant Memorial Institution
In October 2023, the Pant Memorial Hall, with a little help from the Powering Communities Fund, completed its journey to becoming a fully sustainably powered building, by finishing the installation of 28 solar panels across it's roof. Since the additional panels were installed on the entrance lobby roof, the building now generates enough solar energy to be powered throughout the day, night and support the Tesla power wall bank next to the building.
The Hall is run entirely by volunteers, and by partnering with Younity and being awarded the Powering Communities Fund, it’s enabled improvements that mean it can continue to be the heartbeat of this rural community.
Burnham & Weston
In partnership with Weston College, Burnham & Weston's vision is to enable young people within their local community deliver a Community Energy Youth Summit. Both partners recognise how important it is to listen to young people as they have been the demographic that has been most difficult to engage. This engagement project will enable the partnership to both see and hear what opportunities are needed locally for community energy youth support.
Isles of Scilly Community Venture
Isles of Scilly Community Venture are looking to engage local young people to grow awareness about where energy comes from on the their islands. The youth engagement team will be running a series of workshops with local school children discussing the sources of electricity, and the sustainability of the energy sources of local transport. This engagement initiative will introduce them to the ways they can measure this with the data they have available. The school children will be invited to unleash their creativity to design exciting digital ways of communicating their ideas. Finally, designs that young people have created in the workshops will be built as real energy projects with live web dashboards. This information will be used to bring wider public engagement about community energy, where energy comes from and proposals as to how it can be further decarbonised.
Cwm Arian Renewables
Cwm Arian Renewable Energy would like to purchase thermal imaging household survey kits. This vitally important equipment will be used by Energy Champions and 3 peer mentors to help CARE expand its ground-breaking work in supporting vulnerable households and energy customers. Getting ready for what could be a devastating winter - with extremely high energy prices being forecast.
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