The Community Energy Peer Mentoring Fund ran from November 2013 to March 2015. It awarded grants to community energy groups to build capacity in the sector by sharing knowledge with other groups and creating new opportunities for social action.
This document demonstrates the achievements of the 12 funded projects as well as the lessons learned about facilitators and barriers to the successful growth of community energy.
Peer mentoring was successful in breaking down perceived barriers and allowing new community energy groups to gain momentum. The Fund demonstrated the important role for volunteers in gaining the trust of vulnerable energy consumers, including those in fuel poverty, and supporting households to reduce their energy bills.