Group of young people on a roof with solar panel

London Community Energy Fund

Applications for this grant closed on 29 November 2017. Following an assessment of phase one we currently plan to undertake a second round of funding in 2018/19.

The Mayor wants to see more communities involved in producing energy locally and helping to reduce energy use. To help get community projects off the ground he has created the London Community Energy Fund.

The first phase of the London Community Energy Fund will support the development of community solar energy projects (solar photovoltaics and solar thermal). The Mayor’s draft Solar Action Plan outlines his approach to putting London on track to achieving 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity by 2050. This will make an important contribution to his zero carbon London target and his target for decentralised energy. 

The London Community Energy Fund 2017/18 will offer grants of up to £15,000. This can be used to support the development stages of community solar projects (including storage technologies). Funding could be used, for example, to carry out preliminary viability studies for solar energy or develop a financial business case. We want to fund work required to get a community energy project ‘investor ready’, that means ready to be financed.