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Communities for Renewables

It has been a while coming, but I am pleased to announce that Communities for Renewables is now formally up and running as a community interest company, established by partners Regen SW and Green Trust CIC.

Over the last few months we have:

· Released the first tranche of social investment from our keystone investor, the Esmee Fairbarin Foundation, to work with community groups to finance and develop renewable electricity projects which are ready to go.

· Released grant funding from the EU to help other communities get to a point where they have an investment ready project.

· Finished the development of our webtool at www.communities4renewables.co.uk which many of you helped scope earlier in the year, to support communities on their renewable energy journey.

I would like to thank you for your patience and support with this initiative to date and invite you to come along and see what we are now able to offer.

Communities for Renewables will be formally launching its services to communities at this year’s Renewable Energy Marketplace exhibition being held at Westpoint, Exeter on 8th March 2012. Anyone representing a local community group that is actively interested in renewable energy can email help@communities4renewables.co.uk, tell us about your group and request a community discount code to enable you to attend this event for just £10+VAT.

Come along to Renewable Energy Marketplace to :

· speak to the team and find out all about the tools and support available to you through Communities for Renewables and Regen SW’s other initiatives

learn about policies and incentives straight from Government officials speaking at the event
attend seminars about each of the technology options to find out what would be best for you and your community
speak directly to a range of installers and experts about the costs and challenges of delivering sustainable energy projects.

Please book in advance to secure this discount.

For further details about what Communities for Renewables can do for your community, please visit our website at http://communities4renewables.co.uk/get_involved

Communities for Renewables has been welcomed by Energy Minister Charles Hendry MP who commented that this is: “just the sort of expertise which I think is going to be necessary, to turn community renewables from being an ambition into reality.” A video interview can be found at: www.youtube.com/user/CfRcouk

We look forward to working with you.

Best regards

Cheryl Hiles, Director of Communities for Renewables and Regen SW

The Innovation Centre, Rennes Drive, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4RN
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We can now provide support to community renewable energy projects

‘Communities for Renewables’ community interest company was founded by Regen SW and Green Trust CIC. We have been working to remove the barriers faced by community groups wanting to establish renewable energy projects that provide them with significant income streams to deliver their own sustainability objectives.

With at risk funding being one of the key barriers to achieving this objective, CfR is now delighted to announce that one of the most proactive social investors, the Esmée Fairbairn foundation, has released funds to CfR. We are now able to help local communities prove that they can deliver professional, low cost renewable energy solutions in their local area though our Communities for Renewables social enterprise.

Currently only 0.25% of the renewable energy market is made up of community schemes. CfR believes that there is a real opportunity now to significantly increase this and secure genuine social capital for local communities through sustainable energy.

CfR is now able to work directly with local communities that want to pursue this ambition.
What Communities for Renewables (CfR) can do for your community

Our priority now is to work with local communities to take a portfolio of mega watt scale renewable electricity projects through to planning.

We will work with communities on renewable energy projects which they want to help fund their broader sustainable energy ambitions. Given the current support mechanisms, wind energy currently offers communities and investors the best rate of return. Because of this, the first round of projects that CfR supports is likely to be made up of a number of wind energy projects.

CfR can undertake feasibility studies, provide independent information on all sustainable energy options and assist you in speaking to your local authority about what is most suitable for your area.

For those communities at an earlier stage in the process, we can help communities secure funding to pursue their ambitions and develop their plans. We have already helped Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network to secure LEAF funding to develop a business plan and develop an investment ready portfolio of projects. We are now available to help others looking to access the range of new funding pots available to communities.

We have also developed a website www.communities4renewables.co.uk to help guide communities along their journey and share information both between and within community groups. This website has a site finder tool for renewable energy schemes, as well as lots of information about renewable energy technologies.

How to contact us

If you are a community group considering hosting a community wind project, or a landowner interested in hosting such a project, our team is able to meet with you now to discuss carrying out feasibility work. Please call Jake on 07815 014540 or Hazel on 01392 474326 to arrange a meeting.
Alternatively, to find out more about what renewable energy options may be suitable in your local area and register your community group with Communities for Renewable