Innovation lessons from community energy groups in Greater Manchester

The GM Community Energy Innovation Toolkit is for community energy organisations and others interested in developing prjects tobenefit local people and the environment in an ever-changing context. It includes project stories, lessons and useful information. Top 10 innovation lessons. Upcoming technologies and models for communty energy and links to support. Quantum supported the four projects through their innovation projects, and held a workshop with 14 community energy organisations to test the findings and develop the toolkit format. Download the document GM Community Energy Innovation Toolkit.

Community Energy Innovation Toolkit Support & Research

Greater Manchester’s Low Carbon Hub have launched a community energy innovation project. Funded by DBEIS and supported by Oldham Council, the project has awarded four community energy groups grant funding to develop innovative ideas for sustainable community energy business models to give the sector a boost in the wake of cuts to the Feed In Tariff and other subsidies. The four projects look at different opportunity areas e.g. selling electricity to multiple customers, setting up a CESCO, engaging lower income households, replicability of whole house retrofit, community biomass

The outcome will be a toolkit report which will summarise the innovations in a way which makes it easy for other groups across the country to use to develop their own new projects. Overseeing the project will be Quantum Strategy and Technology, experts in the sector who will ensure that links are made between the project and other innovations currently taking place across the country. We are keen to speak to any community energy groups who want to input into or discuss the project, or have similar examples they can share.

Please contact either Gill or Louise at Quantum - gill.fenna@quantumst.co.uk and louise@quantumst.co.uk.

Community Energy: new report out

Our new report for Community Energy England shows that community energy organisations generate much more than renewable energy. Our survey of 80 community energy organisations proves the wider benefits they deliver. This evidence makes the case for an exception in the DECC’s proposed FITs changes, and provides strong support for the #keepfits campaign to enable this small but important sector to continue to deliver. Click here for the report.

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Carbon Literacy training pack to be used for 6000 social landlord staff

Cooler Projects asked Quantum to develop a training pack in Carbon Literacy for Social Landlords across Greater Manchester to train both staff and residents. The Carbon Literacy Project aims to provide everyone who lives, works or studies in Manchester a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy training. The training covers climate change, carbon footprints, how you can do your bit and how it’s relevant to your audience. It supports individual action and collective action.

Quantum’s training pack has learning materials, video links, presentations, hand-outs and exercises along with a User Guide for the trainer and information on assessing the learners against the Carbon Literacy Standard. It also includes training administration resources including sign in and evaluation sheets.

Phil Korbel from Cooler Projects said “Quantum manage that rare trick of combining technical experise with top notch project management and an affable relationship with the client. Their passion to promote sustainable development was very helpful too.”

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