Growing and stimulating local ownership of Community Energy in the South of England

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This website will give you information on community energy, allow you to sign up to our newsletter and register your group with Community Energy South.


What is Community Energy?

Community energy is about people coming to together to reduce energy use, purchase, manage and generate low carbon heat and power.

Community energy projects are often delivered collectively by a group or organisation with a focus on engagement, local leadership and strong positive outcomes for the local community. Community groups often have distinct, specific localised goals with an overarching benefit of tackling climate change, energy security and making energy affordable

Community Energy South (CES) was established in 2013 as an umbrella organisation and regional hub enabling its members (local community energy groups and community organisations) to grow as sustainable low carbon businesses in the South East of England. 

  • Generate and supply local energy

  • Develop local energy services

  • Build community resilience

  • Reduce fuel poverty

Community Energy South is now based in Lewes and is supported by a core steering group of Directors who all have a wealth of experience in the industry.


Our Services

Independent Home Energy and Energy Bill Advice

Community Energy South has a network of Big Energy Saving Network Champions who provide independent energy bill advice each year in our communities.  In 2016-17 we supported 20 energy champions across the region who provided a vital service for our communities. This includes setting up local energy advice clinics, giving you an energy bill health check, advising on home energy advice.

Contact our Champions through




Low Carbon across the South East (LoCASE). LoCASE is an EU funded project to help businesses tackle and adapt to Climate Change. Community Energy South is working with the University of Brighton's Green Growth Platform to provide LoCASE support to Community Energy Groups and Social Enterprises in East Sussex and Kent.

Through LoCASE CES can provide 12 hours of specialist support and a £20k grant scheme for Community Energy Groups or Community Organisations to develop new renewable energy, innovation and energy efficiency projects, and funding towards the purchase of Electric Vehicles

For further information contact

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Supporting New Community Energy Groups

If your community is interested in exploring Community Energy and you want advice on local generation or setting up a local energy advice service get in touch at


CES Warming Communities - Our new CIO


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We have now set up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation! Our mission is to relieve poverty and preserve and protect health by promoting the efficient use of energy (including energy for power, heating and transport purposes) among people in the South and South East of England who are in fuel poverty, including the elderly, or people whose housing conditions are unsatisfactory or who would be considered disadvantaged, either economically or socially, by making grants to community organisations that achieve these stated aims. We also seek to advance environmental protection and improvement in the South and South East of England , by making grants to community organisations that promote the efficient use of energy (including energy for power, heating and transport purposes) and support the installation of renewable and low carbon energy. For more information, contact


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