This guide has been commissioned to help both members and officers of councils who are considering asset ownership to understand the potential risks and benefits and how these can be managed.
The UK has set a legally binding target to bring carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, and many councils have set their own ambitious targets as part of climate change action plans.
Councils are significant consumers of electricity and by investing in green generation to meet their own needs, they can send a strong signal to businesses, residents and investors to help promote wider take up and investment in renewable energy sources, as well as providing a valuable income stream to support local services.
Councils have a strong track record in supporting renewable energy generation, often through solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed on council buildings. This publication draws on this expertise and looks at the potential for innovation and local leadership in developing larger renewable energy generating assets, either solar farms or wind turbines. As councils and communities look for ways to recover COVID-19 outbreak and “build back better”, this resource should prove to be a useful tool in understanding the potential for renewable energy to generate income as well as reducing harmful carbon emissions.
This guide has been commissioned to help both members and officers of councils who are considering asset ownership to understand the potential risks and benefits and how these can be managed. Case studies from West Suffolk and Cardiff provide peer learning and insights on turning aspirations into real projects.
Written to be accessible to a non-technical audience, the guide also provides practitioner insights and consideration of some of the more technical aspects, such as procurement and a comparison between self-developed schemes and the opportunities to acquire scheme from private sector developers. We would like to thank Local Partnerships for their work on this project. We hope you find this report an interesting read and of practical use in understanding what renewable energy generation could bring to your authority and help your local economy towards a climate smart recovery.
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