The partners are working with 40 community buildings, growing from 19 original buildings in Northumberland. The North East Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) has funded two phases of work:
1. A first-stage feasibility study (complete), which identified opportunities for buildings involved to install solar PV to offset their energy costs and reduce carbon footprint; opportunities to install battery storage at a number of the locations, allowing generation at times when the buildings are less busy to be either released at busier times or sold into the grid. This stage also developed the concept of a full virtual powerplant, integrating supply and demand across multiple locations to achieve maximum cost and carbon savings.