Community Energy Fortnight starts this weekend, how to get involved

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The annual Community Energy Fortnight begins this Saturday. These two weeks give a fantastic opportunity to celebrate what’s been achieved in a very short space of time by the scores of community energy groups across Great Britain.

Many community benefit societies will be running festivities and we’d highly recommend checking the websites of your local organisations – see Community Energy England, Scotland, and Wales for details.

From the Mongoose Energy family, Meadow Blue (based near Chichester, West Sussex) will be holding a site visit and bike rides as part of the switch-on celebrations. A guided tour of the site, with a four-mile bike ride before it and (for those wishing to get a few more miles in) a 33-mile ride to another nearby site.

Cyclists will be meeting at Chichester Station for an 11am start. These rides will be at leisurely pace with no one left behind. Or if you’d prefer to go straight to the Merston Farm site, the visit will begin at noon. Biodiversity is passion of the directors and the group will be directing some of the benefit fund to this cause, so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife while you’re there – especially as West Sussex is home to some of the UK’s most-fantastic flora and fauna.

We’re also delighted that the Kent-based community benefit society Orchard will be launching its next bond offer during the fortnight. The community benefit society is looking to add significantly to the county’s community energy capacity. Its first project, a 5MWp solar array near Iwade, is now operational and feeds enough clean electricity to the grid to power 1200 homes.Orchard plans to use the profits to build a £3 million fund for local positive initiatives.

To find out more about its next project go to the AGM on Wednesday 14th September at 6:30pm. It will be held at UKP Leisure in Sittingbourne.

Mongoose Energy and Meadow Blue are both shortlisted for the annual Community Energy England Awards which kicks off the fortnight. Meadow Blue is listed as one of the top seven community energy projects, with judges highlighting its wildlife sanctuary as well as its returns on investment and community funds. Mongoose is listed as one of the UK’s top four community energy funding organisations.

We’re delighted to receive this recognition. The awards ceremony takes place this Saturday in Oxford, so fingers crossed for the night.

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