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How businesses, public sector and community groups can benefit from community energy

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The hydro scheme at Killington Reservoir is just one of the community energy schemes in Cumbria.

Find out how a renewable-energy scheme owned by the community could benefit your area, organisation or business at the Power for the People event, on Monday 26 February.

You’ll hear first hand from the people behind some very different community-energy schemes in Cumbria and further afield.

Topping the bill is Gordon Cowtan, who helped set up one the UK’s best-known schemes, in the Scottish village of Fintry. Gordon, from the Fintry Development Trust, will tell you the amazing story of the village’s journey towards a zero-carbon, zero-waste community, which all began with a wind turbine. Gordon is also the author of the new book ‘Community Energy: A Guide to Community-Based Renewable-Energy Projects’.

Closer to home, you’ll hear how local people came together to form Community Energy Cumbria, successfully setting up a hydro scheme at Killington Reservoir and working in partnership with the Lake District National Park Authority to install a large-scale solar PV scheme on the roof of its headquarters.

Of course, installing your renewable energy equipment is just part of the story. Connecting into the grid in Cumbria is where Electricity North West comes in. Helen Seagrave, its newly appointed community energy manager, will tell you how that side of it works and how ENW plans to support community schemes.

This free event is at Kendal Town Hall from 7pm to 9pm and is organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability. As it’s supported and funded by South Lakeland District Council, priority will be given to attendees from that district.

To book your place and find out more, please visit www.cafs.org.uk/events/power-for-the-people-introducing-community-energy

This event is ideal for:

Anyone mulling over an idea for a community-energy scheme, and bringing people together to make it happen

Community organisations, like parish councils, community-led housing groups, residents’ associations, or sports or hobby groups with land or buildings that could be used for a community-energy installation

Businesses with land or premises, who want to strengthen ties with their local community and potentially save money on their energy bills

Public-sector organisations wanting to explore the income-generation potential of a community-energy scheme.

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