The Guardian: Balcombe energy co-op: we aim to take power back from the corporations

Best known for anti-fracking protests, the Sussex village is also home to volunteers on a mission for 100% renewable energy

Clean energy, generated locally. Surplus energy sold back to the grid. Residents free to invest as little as £250, and promised an annual return of 5%. Further profits placed in a community benefit fund to pay for local facilities or energy saving technologies for local people in fuel poverty. Britain’s community renewable sector is tiny but it is growing. More than 40 community schemes currently offer just 66MW of installed capacity but there is another 200MW of community energy in development.

Patrick Barkham, 30th April 2014, The Guardian

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