Communities Day - Friday 22nd October 2021

9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wherstead Park, Ipswich

Delegates who joined us on the day networked with local community groups and learned:                                             Local Energy Showcase logo

  • How solutions such as solar energy and ground source heat pumps can power whole communities
  • The beneficial impacts of solar energy such as reducing costs and supporting local ambitions of cleaner and greener places to live, work and visit.

Keynote speakers shared real examples of how your community group or parish can achieve greener ambitions, improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. If you’re interested to find out more on the topics discussed, all the presentations are located within the speakers profiles which can be found here.


The Local Energy Showcase was hosted by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, with the support of our Partners East of England Co-Op, Suffolk - Creating the Greenest County, and Central Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.


Local Energy for Communities
Friday 22 October 9.30am to 4.00pm

Morning sessions
Session Description
Arrive and network Marketplace stalls (open all day)
Welcome address Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils: Kathy Nixon - Strategic Director and Councillor Jessica Fleming - Cabinet Member for the Environment, Mid Suffolk
Keynote speech Community Energy England - Philip Coventry
Local energy update Greater South East Energy Hub - John Taylor (TBC)
Solar Carports update Polysolar - Hamish Watson
Case study Elmswell Wesley Hall - Peter Dow
Panel session Net Zero in Practice

Lunch and networking is included.

Afternoon sessions
Session Description
Keynote speech TBC
Student presentation and Q&A University of Suffolk, East Coast College and West Suffolk College
Your choice of three workshops (1) University of Suffolk: Barriers to Decarbonisation - Skills and Training
(2) BMSDC: Things to know before you start
(3) Eastern New Energy: Support for Local Parishes
Closing remarks  


Did you visit the electric vehicle stand, or test ride an electric bike outside?

Learn more about the keynote speakers

Learn more about the workshops

Learn more about the event sponsors

This event would not have been possible without the help of these generous sponsors, and we are very grateful.

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