Community energy

In recent years there has been a huge growth in community action on energy and climate change projects. These projects have a vital role to play in engaging more people with these issues and helping to achieve substantial carbon and energy savings.

Facilitation and training

We can support you to work with your communities by providing facilitation of meetings and through the provision of training on energy related topics. We can also facilitate peer-to-peer learning and networking through events and our partnerships with all the major community energy and climate change networks. 

Development support

We have years of experience in supporting communities to develop their ideas around energy related projects and schemes. This has ranged from providing technical advice through to supporting groups to develop bids for funding or identifying groups working on similar projects in the same locality.  Find out more about how we successfully provide facilitation and development support to Defra.

Project assistance and delivery

In some cases we have worked in partnership with groups to assist in the delivery and monitoring of projects. We can provide expertise and access to data and knowledge which can assist groups in making the most effective use of limited funds or deliver within funding time frames.

Free resources 

The Energy Saving Trust website is packed with free resources to help make community-based energy projects a success. We also have a number of free online tools that will help to kick-start these projects, work out a community’s carbon footprint, create an action plan, and find useful information and funding to help deliver the project. Read our free online resources for community projects.


What our clients say

“The Energy Saving Trust’s experience of working with community groups has been essential to the effective delivery of the [North West] Rural Carbon Challenge Fund.” 
David Campbell, RDPE Rural Development Manager, RDPE Delivery Team Northwest, Defra 


Find out more

If you are a local government or housing association, contact us for details of our local delivery services across England:


or phone us...

Catherine Monaghan
07534 286 658

Midlands & East
Simon Wright
07507 884 807

Ian Hutchcroft
07947 985 268