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Powering Communities with Renewables Workshop

By phoebeb
30th January 2024

CPRE Avon and Bristol are hosting a workshop to talk to community groups, councils, and CPRE supporters in the West of England about how we can support your pathway to renewable energy.

CPRE is offering a free workshop for towns and parishes in the West of England, supporting their transition to renewable energy using CPRE’s Community Energy Visioning (CEV) process.

The climate emergency poses one of the greatest threats to the countryside. CPRE is working to help communities move towards more renewable energy like solar, wind and hydro power.

The Community Energy Visioning (CEV) process is intended to show how renewables can be designed well in the countryside in a way that empowers rural communities.

At the same time CPRE is running a campaign to promote rooftop solar energy: Rooftop Renewables. We are influencing national government to harness roofs and protect our countryside in the journey to net zero.

At CPRE Avon and Bristol we want to hear from people about the ambitions they have for developing community projects and what opportunities and barriers they are experiencing on along the way.

As part of this work, we are running a free workshop on the afternoon of 22nd February at the Engine Shed next to Bristol Temple Meads Station.

With talks from CPRE’s Head of Policy and Planning Paul Miner, the West of England Combined Authority, and Bristol Energy Cooperative.

Book your tickets here: Tickets


The workshop examines:

1. The importance and benefits of community energy, and why rooftop solar energy is important.

2. The pathways to low carbon neighbourhoods and parishes, and how costs, resources, and landscape sensitivity can be balanced.

3. The organisational, financial, and planning challenges for community energy schemes.

What will you take home?

• An understanding of the opportunities and challenges in developing a community energy proposal, and of CPRE’s Rooftop Renewable Campaign.

• Information on the CPRE Community Energy Vision process.

• Know where to go and who to ask to get more information and take the next steps.

• Information on the planning framework and how local planning authorities, town and parish councils, and community groups can take action.

• What help is available from CPRE and others including local authorities.

• Motivation and inspiration to take your group onto the next step.


There will also be an opportunity for Participants to share their insights on the challenges they have experienced on their journey to low carbon energy and explore ideas on what would help them on their way. Participants will be put into small group for discussion.

Each group will focus on one of the topics below. Participants will be invited to state their preference for the small group topic when booking:

• Dealing with the planning system

• Finance: raising income / finance models

• Community organisation: forming a group and staying together.


The workshop programme starts with a light lunch at 12:30 and presentations begin at 1 pm. The session will close at 3:15.

There are only limited spaces available, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Tickets and FAQ’s can be found here



Kindly funded by Quartet Community Foundation Catalyst programme