Project information

Powered by sunshine, funded by everyone

Bring people together, protect much loved spaces against rising bills and help communities take control of their energy future. We want to help diverse communities by providing the tools, training and support needed to install community owned solar panels that power community spaces for years.

September 2015 - December 2016

Charity information: The 10:10 Foundation

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  • Need


    Vital community buildings in the UK are under ever increasing pressure from shrinking budgets and rising costs with many facing closure. At the same time, many communities feel marginalised and powerless in the face of big challenges such as fuel poverty and climate change. Community energy projects - where local people come together to fund renewable energy - can be transformative. However, participation is restricted to a select few - shutting out those communities who could most benefit.


    Through our Solar Schools project we have helped 65 schools raise over half a million pounds to invest in solar panels on schools - those panels create a revenue and cut spending.

    We’ve developed a package of on and offline resources, training and support that enables teams of volunteers to bring their communities together to raise far more than they ever thought possible.

    We want to take this to new and diverse communities - building resilience in the communities most in need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help 25 new and diverse communities come together to launch crowdfunding for solar over 12 months


    » Deliver 15 training sessions.
    » Provide 3 tailored web platforms.
    » Provide 3 packages of offline resources.

    What success will look like

    Success would be 25 communities, in hard-to-reach groups taking part in crowdfunding for community energy over the next 12 months.

    Aim 2

    Insulate against increasing fuel costs by supporting the installation of solar panels.


    » At least 3 webinar trainings.
    » Ongoing project support throughout the year.
    » Facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring.

    What success will look like

    Success would be seeing 16 of those 25 go on to install solar panels to support them and their community for generations to come.

    Aim 3

    Diversify participation in community renewable energy projects.


    » Conduct surveys to analyse current community energy demographic.
    » Identify partners working within under-represented communities.
    » Target under-represented communities.

    What success will look like

    Success would see at least 1/3 of communities we work with coming form underrepresented groups.

    Aim 4

    Strengthen community links within areas with a high profile, locally-focussed programme.


    » Establish teams of volunteers and leaders within the communities we’re working with.
    » Provide dedicated staff support to volunteer teams.
    » Deliver training on local media engagement to volunteer teams.
    » Facilitate links to local corporates and organisations.

    What success will look like

    Success would be seeing at least 20 of the communities feeling more connected to their local area.

  • Impact


    We’ll survey participants to show communities feel more connected - taking on future projects, with 10 launching further community projects within 3 years. We think donors and volunteers involved in projects feel more able and motivated to save energy at home. We aim to see long-term budget boosts as a result of renewable incentives and reduced energy bills. Ongoing contact with sites will allow us to keep updated on how much they receive and how they allocate their additional finance.


    We want to intentionally target this work at those communities identified as most at need. Therefore an inherent risk will be identifying willing local leaders and generating sufficient funds. However, we have assembled a huge amount of experience from our existing Solar Schools project. We will also look to work with and through existing networks and representatives within the communities we approach - as we are currently doing for example with Muslim communities in London.


    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, and the opportunity to suggest a community for us to work with themselves!

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £38,000 Direct costs travel, printing, postage, room hire, web development and maintenance, catering, online surveying

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Good Energy sponsorship £25,000 Guaranteed
    Tudor Trust grant £16,000 Guaranteed
    10:10 core funding £35,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The location for this work will be guided by our research looking into communities most in need. We work with communities across Britain and expect to have hubs of activity in places we identify as being most suitable.


    Community buildings facing budget cuts and the groups of people who use them are the largest beneficiaries of this work. Individual community members benefit by being trained in particular skills and go on to feel more able to take on large projects. The whole community benefits from the strong inter-community links and resultant activities generated by these projects.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    10:10 brings experience in providing tools, training and on-going support to communities to crowdfund the cost of solar panels. 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. Thanks to funding from NESTA, we have a web tool that enables new iterations of our crowdfunding platform to be easily created.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amy Cameron

    Amy has been involved in the development and delivery of Solar Schools since 2011. Her experience of managing projects and partners will be vital.

    Cecily Spelling

    Currently delivers the Solar Schools project and will bring her incredible ability to coordinate and support multiple volunteers in various contexts.

    Interns *2

    10:10 will hire two interns on London Living Wage and using our diversity policy, to create entry level job opportunities within the capital.

Solar Schools in 1 minute

"[makes me more hopeful for a time where community, government, education and environmental awareness all work together for a better future."

Solar Schools donor