Published on March 7, 2014
How to accelerate your Community Energy project Creating the right building blocks February 2014 Pure Leapfrog registered Charity No. 1112249 Company No. 05534395 registered in England & Wales
Who are we … Pure Leapfrog - the leading provider of social investment and professional support to community energy projects in the UK. We are a business led charity working with Government, investors and communities. We bring together affordable finance and accessible expertise. Our mission is to ensure that community energy becomes a significant part of the sustainable energy mix in the UK. “ “ – Finance is secured through a credit facility from Big Society Capital. – Expertise is provided by our professional partner network.
Pure Leapfrog in numbers Supported over 100 groups Working with 4 local authorities Loaned £1m Over 20 projects financed Over £6 of benefit for every £1 loaned 5,000+ hrs of pro bono professional services
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Aim of workshop Understand what the key components are in delivering a successful Community Energy Project PETRA (Havering), mission control
Green social impact Can you combine renewable & energy efficiency projects with delivering social impact?
Dummy scenario You’ve joined your local group in Sunnyton There are ~100k inhabitants in the locality Mix of social housing stock, industrial parks and large fields nearby Your vision – Carbon neutral, lowering fuel poverty
1. The Team Working group 1 Working group 2 Task: Build a dream team Task: Turnaround a team that has run out of steam Consider: Skills required How to recruit Available resources Addressing motivations Consider: Stock take Result of weak team What are opportunities How to remedy
The Team a la Village People The Technician Authority figure Law enforcement Local Hero Commander Logistics Technical expert Chair/CEO Professional Services Comms Business Process Admin Contracts negotiator. Technology expert Big picture. Can round up, marshal and lead the team Knows the law. Can work a spreadsheet Public engagement. PR and Marketing Planner. Sees things through to the end Attention to detail. Negotiates risks * You can mix and match
Mixed motivations Tree-hugging £ Bottom Line! Politicking What excites one person may or may not interest another. What excites one person may or may not interest another. Play to each others strengths! Play to each others strengths! Well-being
Long game What are some of the long term issues?
2. Business Planning Working group 1 Working group2 Task: Outline the plan of action Task: Outline pitfalls of getting it wrong Consider: Stakeholders Risks Value proposition What does success look like? Consider: What can go wrong? Risks Commercial vs volunteer run enterprise? What does failure look like?
Risks What are some of the risks?
Value proposition Why you?
3. Key Stakeholders Working group 1 Working group2 Task: Create a pitch to a local authority Task: You are a local authority. How do you respond? Consider: What do you need to cover? Approach - community group vs commercial entity? What do you bring to the table? Who do you need to engage? Consider: Who needs to sign off? What are the risks? What are the processes? What are the pros and cons?
The Local Authority PoV What are the pitfalls?
Go forth! What’s next?
Successful ingredients Commercially savvy Good story to tell Addressing local needs A passionate team with a long view Adaptable Keeping it simple
Team Building Where to go: Online: Project Dirt Advertise e.g. supermarket Word of mouth Town hall meetings Local fairs
Supporting organisations Pure Leapfrog Share Energy Energy4All Scene Network Energy Saving Trust Low Carbon Hub Co-ops UK Co-op Enterprise Hub Repowering
Wrapping up Any Questions?
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