A campaign wants to help citizens take back control of energy prices and address the climate crisis by setting up community-owned energy projects.
Inspired by traditional food allotments, a collaboration between community energy company Devon Energy and net zero expert Regen wants every parish in Devon to start their own renewable energy project. These so-called ‘power allotments’ will be owned by communities, generating an income and clean renewable energy for local people.
“If every parish in Devon hosted a five-acre solar farm, we could generate enough power for approximately a fifth of all the homes in the county,” said founder of Devon Energy, Als Parker.
The project’s new website helps identify plots of land in Devon that are suitable for solar or wind energy and are close enough to connect to the grid. And they also want Devon locals to submit potential sites. “We’re taking community energy to the next level, by getting the whole community involved in the site finding process,” said Power Allotments project manager, George Middlemiss.
“We will support communities to develop their projects, or we [Devon Energy] can develop them,” added Parker. The project will also include advice for citizens to enhance biodiversity on the sites.
As energy prices surge due to the war in Ukraine, and as fossil fuel companies profit from the crisis, this project could help to take back control of the energy supply and retain the economic benefits locally, said Parker, as well as fighting climate change by generating clean sources of energy.
For more information on how to get involved, click here to register for the free webinar on 27 September.
This article was originally published in the autumn print edition of Wicked Leeks. You can read the full magazine for free on Issuu.