Project Overview

This project aims to provide the first systematic quantitative and qualitative analysis of the role of finance in the evolution of the UK community energy sector. It also seeks to develop recommendations for innovative policies, business models and finance mechanisms that will support future growth of the sector. In light of this, the academic researchers will be working closely with stakeholder organisations across the UK from the outset.

The project involves a literature and data review analysing the development of community energy to date; a UK-wide survey and statistical analysis of community energy finances and business models; in-depth case studies of a range of community energy business models in practice; and an ongoing stream of policy and practice engagement.