Project information

Communities Taking Back the Power

10:10 is working with communities at threat of fracking, flooding and fuel poverty to help put their future into their own hands by supporting them to crowdfund for and install community-owned clean energy and in doing so, giving people a stake in the low carbon future.

September 2015 - December 2016

Charity information: The 10:10 Foundation

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  • Need


    Despite widespread understanding of the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground to prevent climate change, tranquil towns and villages across Britain are at threat of fracking - an aggressive form of oil and gas extraction.

    Many others are in fuel poverty or have been subject to extreme flooding and need specialist interventions, moral support and new income streams. These are communities that feel powerless when it comes to their energy futures. We want to help them take back the power.


    We’re already working on a pilot project in Balcombe (at threat of fracking) and Barton Moss (at threat of fracking and in fuel poverty) to help them bring in specialist energy and climate change support, develop community strength and generate new income streams by crowdfunding for solar panels to match the power needs of the area. We want to work with a further 6 communities dealing with similar threats and provide them with tools, support and expert skills required to take back the power.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Successfully launch the Back Balcombe investment offer in winter 2015/16 with UK-wide investment


    » Complete and launch the investment product and web platform required for local ownership and nationwide investments
    » Successfully fill the investment and thus crowd fund for 12,000 solar panels in Balcombe
    » Test the concept for a broad range of communities and identify additional needs for new types of community

    What success will look like

    We'd like to see the campaign successfully crowd fund for 12,000 solar panels - enough to match the power needs of every home in the village.

    Aim 2

    Develop and launch Back Barton Moss


    » Support the community of Barton Moss through planning, feasibility and campaign preparation.
    » Complete and launch the investment product and web platform required for local ownership and nationwide investments
    » Successfully fill the investment offer

    What success will look like

    We'd ike to work with the community in Barton Moss to work through a similar process to Balcombe, and together launch an investment offer to the nation.

    Aim 3

    Support a further 6 communities poverty to launch crowdfunding campaigns to power themselves


    » Identify and build relationships with 6 communities most at need of support.
    » Develop bespoke support packages to help these 6 communities come up with achievable and ambitious clean energy targets.
    » Help these 6 communities to launch coops and identify suitable sites, go through planning, feasibility and get 'launch ready'
    » Launch crowdfunding campaigns with these 6 communities to get them up and running on locally owned clean energy

    What success will look like

    We'd like to work with these communities to get them ready to launch crowdfunding campaigns that will have them, eventually, running on clean energy.

  • Impact


    The first key change we aim to achieve was to create a significant new source of funding for community energy. We’ve been working with partners to develop that, and once we open the nationwide share offer will be able to see how that’s working.

    The second key change we aim to achieve was to provide thousands with the opportunity to invest directly in renewable energy. We’re assessing impact by measuring the number of people involved both in Balcombe, Barton Moss and fledgling projects.


    There are two main risks. Firstly, we may fail to get the investment platform up-and-running as planned and on time. We’ve dealt with this by partnering with a number of specialist organisations and going through a due diligence process. The second risk is that we fail to fill the investment offer. We’ve already gone through lengthy assessments to ensure our reach and the capacity of that reach, and we’re confident this investment will be attractive to enough people.


    Monthly email updates announcing new projects coming on board, new projects launched and the fundraising success of participants. Plus invitations to events and celebrations hosted by communities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £59,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Direct costs of project work travel, printing, postage, room hire, web development and maintenance, catering, online surveying
      £17,400 Campaign manager Part-time staff cost
      £16,800 Campaign assistant Part-time staff cost

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Funding Network £12,500 Guaranteed
    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This work will be taking place in a number of towns and villages across Britain, according to where the need is highest and our work can have greatest impact. We are currently working specifically with Balcombe (Sussex) and Barton Moss (Salford) and will be selecting a further 6 communities over the coming months.


    The most direct beneficiaries of this work are the members of the communities we're working with that are at threat of fracking, flooding and fuel poverty. Additionally, the local area including those not directly involved will benefit from improve community links and resilience, brought about through increased participation and creation of locally-owned assets.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    10:10 brings experience in providing tools, training and on-going support to communities to crowdfund the cost of clean energy.

    By combining participant-led community engagement with social media and web technology, we have achieved exceptional success in terms of funds raised as well as community cohesion, skills and confidence development.

    We're also well-placed in terms of specialist partnerships to provide the things we're not leaders in (investment platforms)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Leo Murray

    Director of Strategy

    Millie Darling

    Campaign Manager

    Jesse Scharf

    Campaign Assistant

    David Cullen

    Campaign Assistant

Fracking village to solar powerhouse

Fracking village to solar powerhouse

"Protests aren’t enough. Projects like Moss Community Energy are inspiring as they let local people take control of their energy system.

Sandra Dutson, Eccles