Creating a Community Energy Network​

Community Energy South​

Community Energy South support and enable local communities to build their own capacity for renewable energy and energy efficiency by establishing a Community Energy Network across Hampshire.

Community energy is about people coming together to reduce their energy use, as well as create low carbon heat and power. This may be to tackle climate change, for energy security or to make energy affordable.

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Masterclasses and resources

Every month CES host a masterclass which focuses on a different subject to do with community energy. On the 12 April, the masterclass is on solar farms. More information about communities and solar farms.

You can sign up for the masterclass event here.

There are also plenty of other resources to help you explore setting up community energy projects

Resources from Community Energy South

Hampshire community energy groups

Community Energy South are currently working with five community groups in Hampshire to take renewable energy projects from concept to fruition.

Loddon Valley Community Energy, Basingstoke and Deane: The group is developing a pipeline of potential opportunities in the area. It is forming an outreach programme with the Parish Councils to raise awareness of their activity.

Test Source Community Energy, Basingstoke and Deane: The group is approaching the share offer stage for a 350kW solar PV project

Energy Alton, Alton: With CES support the group submitted an application to the Rural Community Energy Fund to look at developing a mircogrid at a local cooperative housing group. For more information about the work this group is developing, visit their website

Energise South Downs, Petersfield, Hambledon, South Harting and Buriton: CES are working with the group to develop a brief for a feasibility study. There are several other exciting project opportunities in the pipeline including a microgrid at a new housing development.

West Solent Community Energy, Lymington: CES have recently started engaging with the group about the potential for helping it develop a business plan through Pathways for the next stage of its development.

Energy Champions

Having energy champions within your community provides a place for those in fuel poverty to get help, such as ensuring that vulnerable people are on the property services register and have access to available grants, as well as helping everyone identify routes to eco retrofit.

Community Energy South held a webinar on the community benefits of energy champion.

Hampshire scenary