York Community Energy – community-owned energy in the York area

You might be interested in an afternoon conference about community energy in York, Saturday September 12th.
York Community Energy is a volunteer-run charity that aims to establish community-owned renewable energy generation within the York area. We want to do something positive in response to the threat of climate change, and something that will benefit communities in York.

Scores of community owned energy companies have been set up across the UK in recent years, everywhere from Cornwall via rural Oxfordshire and suburban Manchester to the Scottish islands. Our aim is to establish such a company in York.

Onshore wind has the highest potential for generation in York, but since the recent planning policy changes by Government this is not a viable prospect in the foreseeable future. So we are now looking to partner with local organisations to install solar panels on suitable roofs across the City of York area.

Our aim is to establish a company which would be owned, supported and controlled by community shareholders. This company would raise investment, obtain all necessary planning permissions, and commission the solar installations. A substantial portion of the profit would then be distributed for community projects, with the remainder paid to the investors. For more information about us and our work to date please see our website at

On Saturday September 12th we will be holding an afternoon conference about community energy in York.

The conference runs from 1pm to 5:30pm and will take place at the Friends Meeting House on Friargate. There will be opportunities to hear from successful community energy groups from across the UK, and to learn about the situation nationally and locally. We hope that you will come along, with whatever questions, concerns, curiosity or enthusiasm you may have on the subject.

The conference is free to attend and open to everyone but we ask that you book via the eventbrite link below:

Or alternatively, please respond by email or post to our addresses shown at the bottom.
Specific details of the conference and speakers will be shared at
Richard Lane
Chair, York Community Energy
15 Priory Street, York YO1 6ET
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