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New service launched! Assess costs and benefits of community energy

Posted by Guest author on 22-Dec-2022 07:00:00

There are substantial opportunities to reduce energy bills for residents by reducing the costs of distribution and supply. Significant technical advances have been made since the 1960s, particularly in the costs and varieties of distributed generation and storage equipment, and not least in information and control technologies, including protection and  safety devices.


These advances mean that local communities can now build their own local energy systems, and, in many cases deliver 20-30% lower bills.

This applies whether they are a rural community with space and opportunity for significant local renewables; or an urban community with scope for a local combined heat and power plant, for example.

Baker Homes and Encraft have launched a new feasibility service for community energy projects. Using tools developed with social landlords on projects in the North West, Midlands and South of England, our Distributed Energy Projects team are now able to model the costs and benefits of both capital investments and local energy tariffs for communities of mixed properties ranging from a few houses to whole towns.

Community energy can work in both new build and existing housing stock. A wide range of energy efficiency measures, local renewables, and energy storage systems can be considered. The models also explore the impact of smart grid technologies and the latest offers and approaches from energy companies which enable communities to set their own electricity and heat tariffs.

Community energy can be a complex area, but it is possible for you to gain an understanding of the potential of your homes or community for relatively low costs through a feasibility study.

You can understand the financial potential of projects and schemes independent of specific funding programmes, and are insulated from the risk of sudden changes in government policy.

To request a feasibility study click here. If you would like to discuss in more details your project and how we can support, you can call 0875 221 2232 or email info@bakerstimber.co.uk

Encraft gave a presentation on ESCOs at our Building to Low Carbon cost effectively conference. You can read more about Encraft and the other goings-on of the conference here and here.


Baker Homes host various events on housing and sustainability throughout the year. To learn more about these events and how to register, click here or the button below.

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Topics: Energy Use, Registered Social Landlords, Energy Efficiency, ESCO, Bills, Community Energy

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