This report, released in 2015, summarises the views of the groups involved in the Energy Mentoring Programme run by Co-operatives UK's Community Shares Unit. It and highlights the success of peer mentoring, with each community energy group receiving up to six days of support.
What is unusual about this project is that we have tried a methodology for business development that, as an alternative to the costs of traditional sources of business support, creates a modest but enabling reward structure for practitioners to support those who are following them.
The challenge of scaling community energy, across all the relevant renewable technologies, is also about learning. How do we accelerate learning, in order to accelerate practice? One answer which can now be added into the mix is energy mentoring.