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Energyshare unveils community investment competition

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

One of Britain’s biggest renewable energy communities, Energyshare, has launched a competition that will reward five projects with funding of up to £5,000 through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s crowdsourcing site,

The competition asks competitors to raise the same amount, and the quintet of contestants who do so first will receive match funding.

Each project will appear on, set up by Fearnley-Whittingstall to offer a funding platform that reaps the benefits of crowdsourcing.

Website visitors will be asked to pledge money to projects that catch their eye, with individual donations of up to £100 welcome.

This is a fantastic opportunity for community energy projects to increase their funding support by unlocking the power of the local community on“, said Nick Underhill of

We are looking forward to seeing communities really get behind some great projects.”

The competition underlines the need to support renewable energy projects at an individual level. It also shows that great innovation and enthusiasm is bubbling out of our communities.

And it’s not alone. The story of the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) was told on Blue & Green Tomorrow last month, and it’s an inspirational one to say the least.

We also covered the Low Carbon Lincoln conference recently, which aimed to engage people to adopt green measures at a local.

Our in-depth report, The Rise of Renewable Energy, looked at the past, present and future of renewably-sourced power, and highlights the need for an increased reliance on clean energy.

For a chance to win the Energyshare renewables competition, have a look at its website. Entries close on May 10, with projects judged by representatives from British Gas, which part-funded Energyshare, NESTA, and Forum for the Future.

If you want to take a personal leap and become an advocate of clean, renewable energy, simply get in touch with Good Energy.

Further reading:

The Rise of Renewable Energy

Harnessing the power of the community

An inspirational story from a sustainable Cornish town

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