Community Energy Generation
Lots of community groups are considering how they can make their communities more sustainable by generating renewable energy. This not only satisfies the appetite in many communities for caring for the environment, but it also provides an opportunity for a CLT to generate income.
The technologies most suitable to a particular location will depend on a number of site specific factors, including the size of the development and its heating and electricity requirements, the natural resources available to it within the land boundary and whether gas is available for heating or not.
The advantage of a community owned renewable energy system is that larger, shared systems tend to be more efficient and better value for money than smaller, individual ones and by sharing the costs of the project, potentially large sums of money can be raised to fund the capital costs, without necessarily needing a bank loan. These are generally recouped over time through schemes such as the Feed in Tariff (FIT) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which pays generators to produce renewable energy.
For more information on community energy projects, including case studies, please see the CLT Handbook in the Members' Area.
Food and Farming
When community members talk about the things they would like to see in their community, very often land for food growing is mentioned.
Some CLTs have made land available near to the homes built for allotments, and some groups have larger ambitions for community owned farms. An example of this is Fordhall Farm, a family run farm in Shropshire. For more information visit Fordhall Farm website www.fordhallfarm.com. Another is Lands End Peninsula CLT.
For more information on CLTs and food and farming projects please see the CLT Handbook in the members area.
CLTs can also set up community shops, take over the local pub, develop workspaces or other community assets or enterprises. For a list of organisations that can help with developing other assets or enterprises see the link below.