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Community Energy Projects

CLASP, the Energy Saving Trust & Neighbourhoods Northwest have developed a package of resources for communities interested in developing renewable energy projects.

It consists of factsheets, case studies, checklist, powerpoint presentations and literature library to enable communities to engage the wider community and demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy projects, find support and collectively decide on the best project for their community group.

You can download the separate sections of the document that make up this toolkit by clicking on the links below:


How to Use Guide

An overview of how to use the Community Engagement Toolkit.



Five sets of sub-regional factsheets have been produced providing factual information about all renewable energy technologies at community scale, helping to decide which is the most suitable.



Greater Manchester




Case Studies

Five case studies have been produced showcasing local examples of how other communities have done it before.




A checklist has been produced to help communities to understand each step along the way



Literature Library

A literature library has been produced identifying further sources of information and support.



Powerpoint Presentations

A powerpoint presentation has been produced for communities to deliver a presentation on how to use the technical information contained in the factsheets. You can download the relevant slides by clicking on the links below:

Core Presentation


Solar PV


Solar Thermal

Heat Pumps

Biomass Heating

Renewable CHP

District Heating



Frequently Asked Questions

A review of questions raised during the community engagement training sessions together with answers provided.