The Next Generation programme is a £1m+ fund and expert support programme, created by Power to Change to pioneer innovative community-led energy projects and business models. Grants of up to £100,000 will be available to community businesses to develop decentralised, decarbonised, and democratised energy business models.
We will hold two application rounds, one in winter 2018 and one in early 2019, and award funding and support to five community groups per round.
We are seeking well established and experienced community energy businesses in England who want to develop innovative business models, building on their past achievements. Projects will need to be complete by June 2021. Find out more about the fund criteria.
We will run a 45-minute webinar for applicants starting at 17.30 on 20 November. Register for the webinar.
New business models for existing community energy groups
Existing community energy businesses will be supported to develop into holistic energy businesses that provide benefits across their local community. We will award grants of up to £100,000 to 10 community energy businesses, alongside a support programme of research and analysis. See our Grants page for more detail on how to apply.
Renewable energy asset transfer from the private sector to the community sector
Power to Change believes more communities should be able to generate their own energy and reinvest the profits to benefit local people. That’s why we’ve partnered with Big Society Capital to create CORE LLP partners, to provide additional capital to fund the purchase of existing solar farms, currently in private ownership. CORE will then hold the solar farms in trust while the local community develop the capacity to buy these back. Through the Next Generation programme, these communities will be skilled up and supported to make this transfer happen as smoothly as possible and will also receive support with further business planning.
Learning and impact for the community energy sector
Working closely with Community Energy England, we will make ensure that all materials and resources emerging from this programme are made available to the whole community energy sector, through a peer mentoring and sector learning scheme.
Next Generation will be delivered by a multi-disciplinary consortium made up of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (lead partner), Everoze Partners, Low Carbon Hub, Cooperatives UK, Cooperative Futures, Social and Sustainable Capital, and SFW Communications.