York Community Energy

Our aim: clean energy for the City of York

York Community Energy is an independent, volunteer-run charitable organisation that works to address energy and climate issues in the City of York area. We are working to set up a community-controlled renewable energy generating co-operative in the City of York area whilst at the same time addressing the energy consumption of our homes.

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.

Cutting down on energy bills and emissions at home

As well as generating energy, we want to help you save energy when heating your home, which will lead to lower bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Have a look at our Warmer Homes York section to find out how you can make your home cheaper and greener to heat.


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. We’ve made this video about the project:

Read more about our ‘solar city farm’ project.

This article in the Ecologist is a good introduction to the concept of community renewables – or you can download our “People Power” introduction to Community Energy leaflet (PDF format).

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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