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 electricity to local consumers or to the grid at large. 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 are actively locating buildings like sports halls, community centres, warehouses or other commercial premises to lease roof space for solar panels that would be owned by a community-controlled company. Read more about our ‘solar city farm’ project.

We are also proud supporters of onshore wind power, and in the long term we hope to be able to commission a community owned turbine somewhere near York. 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, wind power offers the greatest potential for renewable energy generation here.

Read about some of the projects that have inspired us, join us or find out how else you can get involved – let’s fight climate change with energy democracy!

 

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