- Maximise the use of local renewable energy
- Reduce community reliance on grid energy
- Unlock cost-savings for domestic-scale generators and consumers
- Create greater incentives to invest in renewables
The CLEAR (Community-Led Energy Allocation for Renewable Resources) project in North Northamptonshire represents a significant leap forward in the utilisation of local green energy generation and peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading.
CLEAR is funded through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme and aims to maximise the use of local renewable energy sources, such as solar power, by aligning them with local domestic customer demand. Through state-of-the-art digital technology, renewable generation will be matched with local customers, thereby reducing the reliance on grid energy and unlocking cost-saving benefits for consumers.
The grant awarded to Electric Corby CIC (the parent company of Electric Places)and Sitigrid will be used to conduct a year-long trial of the energy matching service. With the potential for replication across the UK, CLEAR holds the promise of transforming how communities access and utilise renewable energy locally.
The project is designed to benefit a wide cross-section of society. We aim to bring together homes and businesses, regardless of whether they have photovoltaic systems, to access affordable, locally-sourced green energy. For those with solar panels, CLEAR offers better prices for exporting excess energy to the community, while homes without solar panels will have access to affordable, locally sourced green energy.
We will be recruiting households in Corby initially to join the innovative energy sharing community. The best part is that participation requires nothing more than a smart meter, with no additional hardware installation necessary.
The project leverages Electric Places’ extensive experience in building energy communities and delivering successful technology pilots. In partnership with Sitigrid Ltd, an innovative platform provider for renewable energy matching, CLEAR aims to revolutionise the energy sector without necessitating complex regulatory changes.