From Hayle, Cornwall to Ellingham, Northumberland, parish councils and community groups across England are supporting the future of their communities by investigating renewable energy projects. These range from rooftop mounted solar PV systems, to larger scale networks for heat supply to multiple buildings – and all deliver direct benefit to the community.

Carbon Smart are working with a number of parish councils and other community groups to secure grants for feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. With up to £20k available, these Rural Community Energy Fund grants cover the cost of commissioning studies and any management overhead the group may need. Our team’s expertise in renewable energy feasibility studies and applying for funding means that we can offer tailored support to Parish Councils and community groups, so that they can make the most of this opportunity for their community.

Woolpit Parish Council, Mid Suffolk, are applying for a grant to assess the potential of a heat network for their health centre and school. A successful scheme would ensure the future of both facilities, realising revenue streams and reducing energy costs for these critical community services. Carbon Smart are supporting the Parish Council Chair who is overseeing the application, and working with the Chair and his colleagues to ensure this work also adds weight to their forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan.

Thursley, Surrey, have a beautiful Victorian Village Hall undergoing refurbishment works over the coming months. Upgrading their heating and electricity supply to a renewable system would improve the quality of the facility, particularly for users like the nursery, release cash flow for further works, and future-proof the Hall for the coming decades. We are advising the trustees on next steps and supporting them through an application to the fund.

To discuss a possible application for your community, call Louise or Helen on 0207 048 0450 or email