The Community Renewables Initiative will help
local people and organisations devise and implement renewable
energy developments which:
are environmentally sensitive;
have support of all stakeholders;
are appropriate to the circumstances
of the locality;
link to other diversification and
It will help groups and individuals realise
that renewable energy can form part of the regeneration of placesfrom
remote rural areas to market towns, from farmed landscapes to
villages, and even cities and their edges.
It could mean environmentally sensitive developments
solar roofs; biomass and wood heat
schemes; farm waste schemes; small, medium, and in some instances,
large wind turbines.
In places like:
schools; hospitals; offices; shops;
farms; community halls and housing developments.
Bringing benefits like:
skills; livelihoods; income; education
opportunities and local heating schemes.
All of which can bring new vitality to places.
In each of 10 different areas of England, a
partnership of organisations has been formed to help localities
devise their own ideas and developments for renewable energy.
Called Local Support Teams, these partnerships involve local councils,
energy experts, government bodies, and other specialists. They
will provide free advice and training on all the topics associated
with renewable energy:
On a national level, training events and seminars
will be available to all participating in the initiative, and
a website will provide illustrated examples, a discussion board,
and information guides.