Community Energy switch to a sustainable future
Energy and community
Thinking about fitting solar panels to your village hall? Want to cut heating and lighting bills at your social club? Can your street generate its own electricity? This section will provide you with ideas and information to help your community energy project become a reality, and make your neighbourhood, village or town a more sustainable place to live. Learn about other projects, locally and further afield, find where to get more detailed advice, and see the latest on the government's Community Energy Strategy.
Case Studies and Schemes
Looking for inspiration? See how people across Staffordshire have been putting community energy ideas into practice, and setting out on the path to a sustainable low-carbon future. See also the 'Energy Saved' section for more local case studies.
- Community sustainability projects in Staffordshire
- Chase Community Solar:
fruition of pioneering PV project
- Derrington Village Hall's energy makeover
- Derrington Way Ahead: taking the low-carbon route
- Home energy visits offer a helping hand
- Penkside Project
- Penkside switched on to energy issues
- Saving lives with solar PV
- Solar fund to target cold homes
- Solcer House will be 'energy positive'
- Stafford Area Community Solar: FAQs
- Stafford Area Community Solar: discount solar panel scheme
- Stafford Manor High School trims energy use
- We Love Littleworth!
- Workshop helps to cut energy bills
Where to find help
Here we highlight useful sources of help and information if you are involved in community energy or sustainability projects - whether you are still thinking about it, or well underway. A helping hand can turn your ambition into action!
Listings of events, meetings, courses, activities, etc. that relate to community energy, low-carbon or other sustainability projects. If you would like your event listed, please contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (01785) 603387.
See also the events calendar on Stafford Borough Council's Event Finder page.
For news of community events up and down the country see the Project Dirt events pages.
Fri 12 January. Green New Year Social Evening at County Staff Club, 77 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2NG. Shared supper, bar available. Starts 7.30 pm. For all friends and supporters of a greener future for Stafford and the planet. Entertainment encouraged!
Wed 17 January. VSO Wildlife Volunteering in Namibia, Tanzania and St Helena. Talk by Christine Bull to the Stafford Group of Staffs Wildlife Trust. Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club, Riverway, Stafford. Phone 07776 135665 for more info.
Tues 30 January: Batty About Bats! A fascinating evening all about bats presented by Jane Rock of Staffordshire Bat Group. Free pollinator seed packet to help make your garden a great place for bees and bats. Derrington Village Hall, ST18 9LR, at 7.30 pm.
17-24 February. 'There is no Planet B': Exhibition of art, poetry and photography on an environmental theme. Also workshops and much more, centred on St Chad's Church, Greengate Street, Stafford! See Facebook page 'There is No Planet B Stafford' for more information.
Tues 27 February. Watts the big deal with wind? Talk by Professor Sarath Tennakoon of Staffordshire University at Stafford College. For more information contact Geof White (email@example.com). Arranged in conjunction with Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group and Sustainability Matters.
Sat 3 March. Repair Cafe at St John's Church Hall, Westhead Avenue, Stafford, ST16 3RP. 10.00 til 1.00. Get your broken items fixed for free while enjoying a cuppa and a chat. For more information contact Rob Hine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wed 7 March. Sustainability Matters supporters' meeting at County Staff Club, 77 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2NG. Starts at 7.30 pm. Bar available. All welcome. For more information contact Roger Oldfield (email@example.com).
Sat 7 April. Community Wildlife Event: Millennium Green, Derrington, Stafford, 2-5 pm. A great afternoon out for the family!