The Energy Society



The Energy Society works closely with Community Power Cornwall to facilitate and take a direct stake in joint ventures with local landowners and commercial partners. It not only gives local people a leadership role with these developments, but also allows commercial energy generation to meet local needs and enables local communities to participate through public share offers, benefit funds and service packages, which also provides employment opportunities for community development workers to deliver local projects.

The Energy Society currently has a direct stake in a 500 kW wind turbine with a local farmer at Lawhitton, Launceston and other projects in the pipeline.

Generation and savings – August 2015 – September 2018 = 4,009,795 kWh saving 1,634 tonnes of CO²e (Based on annual greenhouse gas reporting figures DECC/DEFRA)

Other benefits: The project provides a local community benefit fund of £10,000/yr and comunity services package to the value of an additional £10,000/yr for the 20 year lifetime of the project.
Projects supported to date include:
– A publically accessible defibrillator for Lawhitton Parish
– Replacement of the flat roof for the Parish Hall, incorporating roof insulation
– A direct contribution to the insurance costs for St.Michael’s church, Lawhitton, enabling the listed church to stay open and offer a range of services to the community (funerals, weddings, weekly services, etc)
– The provision of two sight screens for Launceston cricket club enabling youth and women’s teams to benefit from improved facilities.
– Provision for V learning net to provide a year’s programme to engage elderly and vulnerable residents of Lawhitton in improved computer/internet literacy and remote access to services such as banking and prescriptions.
– Painting and decorating of the main room in the Parish Hall.
Helford Energy Society (no. 31351 R)







The Low Carbon Society

The Low Carbon Society is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) that operates a revolving loan fund to finance and support local, independent energy co-ops. The Society has the ability to offer loan or equity finance with all proposals assessed through a peer review panel. Peers develop skills, experience and knowledge through the support and development of Community Power Cornwall.

Initial start-up capital for this CDFI was secured in 2008 with further finance provided through a credit facility with Cornwall Council. Finance secured through the Low Carbon Society also provides communities with the ability to leverage mainstream finance.

The Low Carbon Society provides a £2.7m loan facility with an active loan book of £3.25m and has helped communities to save over 3,156 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere (September 2018).

The Low Carbon Society were proud winners of the ‘Best contribution to a sustainable energy economy’ category at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2018.


Community Energy Enterprises supported by the Low Carbon Society to date:


community-power-cornwall-Gorran-turbine-launchCommunity Power Cornwall

Location: Gorran

2 x 80KW Endurance wind turbines

Total loan value – £454, 168







BF Adventure turbine launchCommunity Power Cornwall

Location: BF Adventure, Halvasso

10 Aircon wind turbine

Total loan value – £50,000







sheers-barton wind turbineEnergy Society

Location: Lawhitton, Launceston

Joint stake in a 500KW EWT wind turbine

Total loan value – £376,543




wec-solar-pvWadebridge Energy Company

Location: Nanstallon, southy West Water sewage treatment works

100KW  ground mount Solar PV

Total loan value – £101,000




img_5895Penwith Energy Services Company

Location: Humphry Davy School, Penzance

153.66KW Roof mounted Solar PV

Total loan value: £268, 473



Fowey Renewable Energy Enterprise

penhale-farm-solar-installationLocation: Penhale camping and caravan site, Fowey

50KW Roof mounted Solar PV

Total loan value: £46,000


Tamar Energy Community

shutterstock_132178364-landscapeLocation: Tamar Valley & Tavistock

Roof Mounted Solar PV

Total loan value: £285,000



Community Power Cornwall

Location : St.Cleer School & Liskeard School and Community College

29.9kW and 37.44kW respectively of Roof Mounted Solar PV

Total loan value: £71,000




Community Power Cornwall

Acquisition of West Country Renewables

5 roof mounted solar PV arrays and 3 small wind turbines in Cornwall and South Devon

Total loan value: £1,430,000



FAL Energy Partnership

Location: The Dracaena Centre, Falmouth
29.9 kW Roof Mounted Solar PV system

Total loan value: £25,000


Community Power Cornwall

Location: Newlyn Fish Market

150 kW Roof mounted Solar PV system

Total loan value: £143,000




For further information about the Low Carbon Society, please contact [email protected] or call 07752 818 759



Illogan Green Ripple





The Illogan Green Ripple (IGR) project aimed to engage a whole community in Cornwall in the South West of the UK with the benefits of domestic renewable energy installations. The holistic approach combined energy efficiency with waste management and water conservation. Green Ripple set out to raise levels of education and awareness around these environmental issues, instigating behavioural change and providing a lasting legacy for the community.

IGR have an operational portfolio of 8 small Solar PV arrays on 7 domestic properties and the local shop.

Community Power Cornwall has been helping IGR to manage their assets, addressing maintenance, meter reads, payments, compliance and offering other ancillary support.