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Powering Communities Fund case studies

Awel Aman Tawe's Dengineers project

Awel Aman Tawe

Location: Newport, Wales
Energy/power type: Mixed
Powering Communities Fund

Earlier this year Awel Aman Tawe partnered with Llanmartin Primary School, to take the pupils on an innovative educational journey known as the Dengineers project. This project was inspired by the amazing work at Cardiff University and was proudly sponsored by the Powering Communities Fund.

Creative Energy Club

Aldgate Solar Power

Location: London
Energy/power type: Mixed
Powering Communities Fund

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 Pant Memorial Hall

Pant Memorial Institution

Location: Pant, Oswestry
Energy/power type: Solar PV - Roof mounted
Powering Communities Fund

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 Energy

Burnham & Weston

Location: Burnham & Weston
Energy/power type: Solar PV
Powering Communities Fund

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.

Isle of Scilly solar

Isles of Scilly Community Venture

Location: Isles of Scilly
Energy/power type: Solar PV - Ground mounted
Powering Communities Fund

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.

CARE at work

Cwm Arian Renewables

Location: North East Pembrokeshire
Energy/power type: Onshore Wind
Powering Communities Fund

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. 

Killington Hydro (Rainepower)

Rainepower

Location: South East Cumbria
Energy/power type: Hydro
Powering Communities Fund

Killington Hydro (Rainepower) have some exciting news to share with their local community. They are setting up and running a much needed local Energy Club. This club will support the local community by linking the generation of the hydro energy with local people thus allowing volunteers and local residents (many elderly and potentially vulnerable) to benefit from a nearby renewable energy source. This vitally important club’s work will be carried out by Energy Local in partnership with the Trustees with the assistance of a project manager

Tamar Energy Community

Tamar Energy Community

Location: Tavistock
Energy/power type: Solar PV
Powering Communities Fund

Tamar Energy Community are working with a researcher at Plymouth University on how best to utilise and access substation and domestic meter data. They want to combine this information to help them develop a young person's net zero champions community at each of their solar sites. The funding will allow them to secure SMETS meter data, provide engagement materials and external support for working with young people.

Ynni Ogwen Cyf

Ynni Ogwen Cyf

Location: Bethesda, Gwynedd
Energy/power type: Solar PV
Powering Communities Fund

Ynni Ogwen Cyf would like to expand their existing community solar scheme, which provides clean electricity to community owned buildings. The funding will finally allow them to install PV’s and a battery to assist with the site becoming even more self-sufficient.

Working in partnership with:

DEG Cymru Wales

Dyffryn Ogwen

Partneriaeth Ogwen

Repowering

Repowering

Location: London
Energy/power type: Solar PV
Powering Communities Fund

Repowering London developed ReCreate, an education programme for Y5 Primary school children to teach them about climate change in an age-appropriate and positive way through the art of drama. The grant will help them deliver a ReCreate pilot in a London primary school, with a view to rollout out the scheme to as many schools as possible. To find out more about the ReCreate programme please visit www.repowering.org.uk

The Harbury Future Energy project

Harbury Energy Initiative

Location: Warwickshire
Energy/power type: Onshore Wind
Powering Communities Fund

The Harbury Future Energy project needed to purchase and erect a wind data monitoring and recording device for them to gain more accurate estimates of potential energy generation.

Southill Community Energy

Southill Community Energy

Location: Oxfordshire
Energy/power type: Solar PV
Powering Communities Fund

Southill Community Energy (SCE) requested funds for the purchase and installation of cattle fencing at Southill, to allow conservation grazing on the southern portion of the site.

South East London

SELCE

Location: South East London
Energy/power type: Mixed
Powering Communities Fund

SELCE is committed to fighting fuel poverty amongst the most vulnerable residents in South East London. They will use the money to produce two films; one explaining how they can support clients struggling to pay their fuel bills and another explaining how to fit light measures.

Wind Turbine - Younity Community Power Fund

Awel Aman Tawe

Location: Swansea
Energy/power type: Onshore Wind
Powering Communities Fund

Awel Aman Tawe wanted to develop an online education resource pack for teachers, youth groups and home educators on renewable energy, co-ops and low carbon solutions to climate change. Where better to invest the Younity Community Power Fund?

Solar and wind turbine image

Brighton Energy Co-op

Location: Brighton
Energy/power type: Solar PV
Powering Communities Fund

Creating opportunities for school leavers and graduates to learn about running an environmental business? That's a cause Younity just had to help. Our Community Energy Fund allowed young people to learn about sustainable energy, whilst being fully paid for seven weeks of full-time work.

Sheep grazing at Southill Community Energy

Southill Community Energy

Location: Oxfordshire
Energy/power type: Solar PV - Ground mounted
Powering Communities Fund

Blending sustainable agriculture with solar energy... what could be better? Southill Community Energy wanted to enable sheep grazing within the solar farm, to replace the system of mowing which is carbon intensive and compacts the ground.