Pitfalls and Perils: A Community Guide to Developing a Renewable Energy Project for the first time


The inspiration for the production of this brochure came largely from the process of developing the promotional brochure for the fourteen projects supported by the Northumberland Strategic Partnership Renewable Energy Capital Grant Scheme, which was made available in 2007-08 to support a number of demonstration schemes. In talking to the recipients of the grant, many of the people involved in developing projects heaved a big sigh and proclaimed that they were glad that they’d got there in the end but “if only I had ….” or “if I was to do it again I’d make sure…..”. Many of these experiences came from community groups or small businesses who had faced interacting with not only the renewable energy sector, but the whole process of contracting large works for the first time with little more than home renovation experience to go on.