Let's talk about communities powering up: Community energy programmes and how they can work for you.
Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 11:30 to 14:30 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Bit by bit, we've been working alongside other community organisations, powering up Kent: helping unemployed women in East Kent gain confidence, qualifications, experience and jobs; assisting over 2000 vulnerable consumers to save money on their energy bills and freeing up hundreds of thousands of pounds to be spent on stuff people would like to have or do.
Now the community ownership model means Kent has its first large scale solar farm in community ownership: Orchard Community Energy, just outside Sittingbourne. This means, also, that we have started generating our own renewable energy, a commodity that we can sell to the grid at a profit, give a return to our members and investors and still build a community fund of around £3 million over its 25 year lifetime.
It's all about working alongside fellow community organisations, social enterprises, businesses and the public sector to pool our resources and keep power and control at community level . So, if you want to learn more about what this means, how you can get involved, or to tell others about what your organisation does to build community resilience - here's your chance.
What can we do to manage our energy & reduce our energy bills?
Hear from Sustainability Connections about our Big Energy Saving Network and how our energy champions give impartial advice to vulnerable consumers about switching energy tariffs and bringing down their energy bills.
Working in partnership with community organisations
Town & Country Housing Group will talk about they have worked with energy champions to provide a week-long presence in "Energy cafes" where people have the chance to bring in their bills, get a free cup of coffee and something to eat and can have access to support and advice. Last year we identified £6500 of savings on energy bills in just five days!
Bringing clean energy generation into community ownership
Orchard Community Energy and Mongoose Energy Ltd will explain how communities in Kent and across the UK are taking control and owning their own large scale renewable energy projects. This community energy model means a healthy return for investors ( 5.5% currently on offer with a 3 year bond) and, over the 25 year life of the solar farm, surplus profits will build a community fund of around £3 million.
Best suited for:
All active, engaged citizens; Housing officers; Housing Associations; Revenues and Benefits Staff, Community based organisations working with vulnerable people; Church groups, Job Centre Plus, Landlord Associations as well as ethical investors, people passionate about resilient communities and sustainable development.
Lunch will be provided and you will have ample opportunity to network and meet the speakers.
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Sustainability Connections for Orchard Community Energy
Orchard Community Energy was established in 2015 to develop community-owned renewable energy,
low carbon and energy-efficiency projects in North Kent and Medway. It is led by a highly committed board with
a depth of experience in renewable energy, finance, sustainability and community projects. With one
exception, we all live in Kent.