We work with a wide range of individuals, businesses and voluntary and community organisations to explore opportunities to generate renewable energy and to use the resources we have in more efficient ways. This includes property owners, landowners, and private and public sector organisations.

We are seeking to address fuel poverty for individuals and households that are in most need of our support, such as older people, those with chronic illness or young families. We work with existing organisations to ensure that we reach those who are most in need.

We focus on those projects that will have long-term impacts and will deliver benefits into the future for individuals, businesses or for the broader community, rather than providing a short-term fix. So for example we would seek to reduce a householder’s overall bill by making their home more fuel efficient, rather than simply helping to meet the costs of a single fuel bill.

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Completed projects

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Energy efficient lighting at Wyvern School

We provided a capital contribution as part of a scheme to install £20,000 worth of energy efficient LED lighting at Wyvern School. Our partners here were Pure Leapfrog, the leading provider of social investment and professional support to community energy projects in the UK, who accessed the British Airways Carbon Fund.

The new lighting will cut the school’s lighting bills by around 50%. However, the benefits are not only financial. There is increasing evidence that LED lighting also has a positive impact on children’s learning. We will work with the school to evaluate these impacts.

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Solar PV at Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes

We have been delighted to work with MK Community Foundation, installing 280 Kw of solar PV at their Burners Lane property in Kiln Farm.

Burners Lane is home to a range of charities, social enterprises and private businesses, many of whom are keen to keep their energy costs to a minimum in order to maximise the benefit they can give back to the wider community.

The installation took place during November and December 2015, and became fully operational in January 2016

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Solar PV at Camphill Milton Keynes

Founded in 1981, Camphill Milton Keynes (CMKC*) provides support and a meaningful working life for adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. Over fifty residents live together with volunteer staff in ten separate households. Together the residents, volunteers and employees form a community of over one hundred people living on several sites on the neighbouring housing estates of Pennyland and Willen Park.

Our partnership with Camphill has so far involved installing 50 Kw of solar PV on their Willen Park village, and we are currently working with them to explore renewable heating options.

Projects in development

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Old Bath House Community

Built for the railway workers in the 1890s, the Old Bath House is a significant heritage asset. It is one of the most used and successful community centres in Milton Keynes, not least because of good value hire rates and its prime position. We undertook an initial energy assessment on the building, which identified a number of improvements that could significantly reduce the centre’s annual £40,000 energy bills.

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Old School Project

The Old School has been out of use since 2005. Ideally located to serve as a community centre in a part of Wolverton with no obvious central meeting location, Future Wolverton has been leading the drive to bring the building into community ownership and usage. Planning permission has been secured, and grant applications made to purchase the building and begin renovation works in 2017. These plans include significant energy efficiency initiatives, to which Wolverton Community Energy will contribute.