York Community Energy

Our aim: clean energy for the City of York

York Community Energy is an independent, volunteer-run charity aiming to set up a community-controlled renewable energy generating co-operative in the City of York area.

Our mission is to promote the principle and practice of community-owned renewable energy, to build support and ultimately install one or more energy sources to sell to the National Grid. This article in the Ecologist is a good introduction to the concept of community renewables.

We are currently building a project to establish community-owned solar PV installations in the city. We want to work with community buildings like schools, sports halls, village halls, churches or other places of worship to lease roof space for solar panels that would be owned by a community-controlled company. Read more about our ‘solar city farm’ project.

However, based on what we’ve learnt from the experiences of groups up and down the country, as well as research performed on behalf of York Council by consultants AEA and Amec, we believe that wind power offers the greatest potential for renewable energy generation in York in the long term. Community-owned wind turbines are running successfully all across the UK (read about some that have inspired us), and we hope someday to establish one in York.

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