Community energy investors with Stockport Hydro

Working with a local community hydro energy development, we will apply lessons from academic literature on renewable energy consultation, community energy and siting controversy to work with them to develop and assess strategies for attracting new investors.
An initial desk based study will investigate potential lessons from other UK and international schemes, identifying potential strategies for increasing investor numbers. Various factors such as technology, size, location, return expectations, impact, sense of community, demographics will be considered in addressing the applicability of findings from other contexts. Building on the outcome of this initial stage, interviews or focus groups will explore issues such as: barriers to investment, investor experience and impact on other energy/environmental related behaviour etc.
Carly McLachlan, Feibei Chen
July 2013 to July 2014
Eco Innovation Fund, part of University of Manchester’s Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Innovation Award
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