Scheme background

Community energy projects bring benefits to local groups across England by helping them to maximise the income-generating potential of renewable energy and put this income to work in their area. By increasing the uptake of locally owned renewable energy, these initiatives support the Government’s targets for reaching net zero.

Projects like these benefit the communities by promoting rural growth, creating new jobs and volunteering opportunities, and enabling communities to access the economic benefits associated with renewable energy schemes.

The first iteration of the scheme was the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF). This £10 million programme supported rural communities to develop renewable energy projects with a community benefit. It was delivered by the five Local Net Zero Hubs in the North East, North West, Midlands, South West, and South East on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Scheme successes

Through RCEF, we’ve assisted community groups to secure vital funding for their renewable energy projects. 

Liaised with 420 Community groups

SUPPORTED 35 projects through stage 1

SUPPORTED 7 projects through stage 2