07 Nov 2023

Community and local energy North West

Celebrating the Powering our Communities Fund Winners of 2023

By Helen Seagrave, Community Energy Manager

Previous winners of the fund alongside Helen Seagrave, third right

We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year's Powering our Communities Fund, a testament to the incredible efforts of community groups across the North West. This year, we have awarded a total of £83,054 to six outstanding projects, each of which has demonstrated a deep commitment to community engagement and a drive to reduce carbon emissions.

Since the inception of the Powering our Communities fund, we've been able to support some wonderful projects while simultaneously promoting sustainability and empowering local communities. With this year's funding, the combined total awarded to community groups in the North West is almost 500K.

Let's celebrate and get to know the inspiring projects that have earned this year's Powering our Communities Fund awards:

  1. Brookfield Spaceplace, Retrofit+:

Innovative Retrofit Initiative

Brookfield Spaceplace is leading the way with their innovative retrofit project on the Brookfield estate. Through installations and demonstrations, they're not only making a difference within their community but also supporting the development of a new retrofit cooperative. Their forward-thinking approach is a shining example of how community-led projects can drive sustainable change.

  1. Cleator Moor Celtic FC, Greener Than Green: Scoring Sustainability Goals in Our Community:

Inspiring Sustainability through PV Solar Panels and EV Charging Points

Cleator Moor Celtic FC is putting sustainability at the forefront by installing PV solar panels and EV charging points. But they're not stopping there; they aim to use these installations to inspire action within the wider business community. Their dedication to sustainability and community engagement is commendable.

  1. The PROSPECTS Foundation, Sustainably Warm Communities:

Reducing Carbon Emissions and Energy Bills in Hyndburn, Lancashire

The PROSPECTS Foundation is making waves in Hyndburn, Lancashire, by helping community organisations reduce their carbon emissions and energy bills. This initiative is not only environmentally friendly but also economically beneficial for the community. A true win-win.

  1. Community Energy Preston, Phase 1 Feasibility:

Feasibility Studies for Community-Owned Solar

Community Energy Preston is paving the way for a greener future with their feasibility studies on third-party sites. These studies will lay the foundation for approximately 1 MW of community-owned solar power, a significant step towards sustainable energy in the region.

  1. South Lakeland Action on Climate Change, The Eddington - Electrify Everything:

Delivering the findings of the Kendal Climate Jury

South Lakeland Action on Climate Change is taking steps to promote electricity and deliver on the findings of the Kendal Climate Jury. Through awareness campaigns and community engagement, they aim to spark demand for a range of low-carbon solutions. Their vision aligns perfectly with our goal of creating a sustainable future.

  1. Deaf Rhinos, Empowering Deaf Communities in the Energy Transition:

Inclusivity in the Transition to a Low Carbon Future

Deaf Rhinos is on a mission to ensure that everyone, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, can actively participate in the transition to a low-carbon future. Their dedication to inclusivity in sustainability is inspiring and showcases the importance of accessibility in community energy initiatives.

These projects embody the spirit of community-led energy and innovation, and we are proud to support their endeavours. Together, we're not only reducing carbon emissions but also empowering communities and creating a more sustainable future for all.

As we continue to witness the positive impact of community energy initiatives, we are excited about the endless possibilities that lie ahead. Congratulations to all the winners of the Powering our Communities Fund 2023—we look forward to seeing your projects flourish and inspire others on their journey towards sustainability.

For more information about the Powering our Communities Fund and our commitment to community energy, please visit our website Community and local energy (enwl.co.uk) or get in touch with Helen Helen.Seagrave@enwl.co.uk