The following case studies provide examples of successful community energy projects currently in operation.
Energy Alton – helping residents save energy
Energy Alton is a community partnership which aims to spread awareness of the benefits of greater energy efficiency and to give practical advice to people wanting to insulate their homes, save energy and reduce their energy bills.
Ecoisland – a Community Interest Company aiming to make the Isle of Wight the first sustainable region in Britain
Renewable technologies have been installed with the resulting generated energy integrating with a smart electrical grid, enabling energy independence from Mainland Britain with surplus energy exported to the mainland. Revenue from these projects enables a raft of Community initiatives including localised food growth, reduced fuel bills and education.
Osney Lock Hydro – a community owned hydro-power scheme in the heart of Oxford
Set up as an Independent Industrial & Provident Society this project has been under development since 2002. Building work is planned for summer 2013 with electricity generation commencing in February 2014. The 49kW hydro scheme generates electricity from an Archimedes screw.
Ouse Valley Energy Services Company
The Ouse Valley Energy Services Company Ltd (Ovesco Ltd) and OVESCO Limited IPShave been formed by members of the Transition Town Lewes Energy Group.
It is set up as an Industrial and Provident Society for Community Benefit, and this enables it to sell non-tradable shares to members of the community. The aim ofboth companies is to deliver a range of energy-related projects to the people and businesses ofLewes.