People from across Greater Manchester are coming together to support community-owned renewable energy.
A number of community groups are looking to put power back in the hands of local people by setting up renewable energy projects where communities are in control and profits are used to benefit local people and the environment.
Please support these groups and show your love for community energy by signing our pledge.
We need to rethink the way we generate and use energy if we want to tackle serious issues such as fuel poverty and climate change.
Our energy supply is currently dominated by six big energy companies which are making huge profits from high energy prices and keeping us hooked on dirty energy.
Community energy helps to break the strangehold of the Big Six by putting local people in control of their energy and using any profits to benefit the communities they live in.
|Bury Community Hydro is a team of four environmental activists from the Bury area who have come together to build an Archimedes screw turbine on the River Irwell at Chamberhall. The hydro plant will be community owned and run, and will supply clean, renewable electricity to local emergency services headquarters. The co-op already has over 30 Pioneer members and will be launching its main share issue over the coming months.|
|Community Energy GM is helping 18 much loved community organisations come together and install solar panels on their roof. The money they save on bills can be spent elsewhere, on more job clubs for example. The groups are working together to not only raise the funds they need but to engage their whole community in their journey too. Helping to start conversations on climate change fuel poverty and energy.|
|Greater Manchester Community Renewables was formed in January 2015 to help more schools and community groups generate clean energy, save money on their bills, and reap the educational benefits of installing solar panels. We’re currently working with three schools in Salford and a community building in Trafford, as well as creating links between existing community energy projects and helping new ones to get off the ground.|
|Moss Community Energy was formed in late 2014 following test drilling for fracking at Barton Moss. The group was originally formed by people from Irlam, Cadishead and Eccles, but is now open to people from across Salford. We are currently working on some Solar PV installations that we plan to launch in 2016. Profits from our projects will be spent on work on education, climate change and fuel poverty.|
|Oldham Community Power are working with Oldham Council to install solar panels on the roofs of schools and community centres. A key part of our mission is to make sure that Oldham’s young people have the opportunity to get involved in this exciting sector, and we are working with the Government on a new community energy apprenticeship standard.|
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