Renewable energy project planning
Deciding what type of renewable energy project to pursue can be very dependent on where you live and what opportunities are available in your local area. Often securing permission to use the site you have chosen for your project is the biggest hurdle in a community getting a renewable energy initiative off the ground.
The securing a site module of the community energy toolkit can help to walk you through the process.
If your group is developing a project, compiling a project development plan can help you to understand and manage the process. This can be populated with all tasks to be completed during project development, timescales and the person responsible for each task, to help you plan and keep track of your activity.
The community renewable energy project plan template developed for the Scottish Government's CARES programme can help you do that (even if your project is in England or Wales).
The CSE's website has information on planning your renewable energy project.
Solar SOAS and UniSolar have developed a 15-step guide to setting up a university community energy project.
Cornwall Council has produced a helpful energy efficiency and renewable energy advice note on Neighbourhood Planning.
Temple Bright have created a guide about Environmental Impact Assessments.
Energy Systems Catapult has designed a planning framework to help local government, energy networks and other key local stakeholders prepare for a low carbon future in an cost-efficient and strategic way. You can find the three reports via this link