Published: 25th Jun 2019

2018 was the toughest year yet for the community energy sector with new generation capacity shrinking compared to 2017, according to the latest annual report from Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales. The report finds that in 2018 just 7.9 MW of new community energy capacity was installed, including 0.7 MW across four micro hydro schemes and 7.2 MW across 47 new solar sites, (compared to 33.5 MW of new community energy capacity in 2017). Emma Bridge, chief executive of Community Energy England said the removal of subsidies like the Feed-In Tariffs, continued planning restrictions around on-shore wind, and no Social Investment Tax Relief for community energy projects have ‘severely impacted’ the sectors ability to create financially viable energy generation schemes. However, she also praised the sector for diversifying into new markets such as electric vehicles. ‘This year we’ve seen a greater focus on energy efficiency programmes and electric … (To read the full article, subscribe below)