For the last decade, Forum for the Future has been working to scale up the community energy sector in the UK - recognising the critical role it has to play making our energy system cleaner and fairer.
Whilst community-owned renewables has seen change in the last ten years, what has remained constant is the determination of people working in the sector to innovate and develop new projects that will help their communities.
PowerPaired is a new online matchmaking platform for community energy that will support innovation and determination, making it easier for groups to find projects and work with asset owners to develop new projects.
With support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, PowerPaired has spent the last two years developing and testing a matchmaking platform. It is now launching with over 100 assets, ranging from schools to churches to homeless shelters, on offer to community energy groups across the UK.
Dozens of National Grid substations are listed as potentially viable sites for hosting community-owned renewables projects and the energy giant is calling out for community energy groups to sign up to PowerPaired and work with them to explore potential projects.
Nicky Conway, Sustainability Manager at National Grid, said, "National Grid believes that community-owned renewable energy is a key part of the puzzle when it comes to empowering consumers to take more control over how their energy is generated and used and reducing carbon emissions.
"We encourage local community groups to sign up to the PowerPaired platform so we can start to explore new projects together, and asset owners to register their own sites so we can really start seeing more movement in this space."
Forum for the Future is now urging other asset owners interested in exploring the benefits of working in partnership with a community energy group to develop renewable energy on their assets to sign up to PowerPaired. The platform is free to use and, alongside the matchmaking tool, the PowerPaired website contains lots of useful information to help asset owners to better understand what community energy is, the potential benefits of working with a group and how a partnership might work in practice.