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Winner: Peterborough City Council – Empower Peterborough

Peterborough offers residents free solar panel installation for their homes. Residents also receive free energy from the solar panels, saving an average of £200 in energy bills per year, while the income from feed-in tariffs, uniquely, are split between the council and a local community fund. The income to the council will protect frontline services whereas the community fund will deliver new projects as directed by the residents of the city.

Judges’ comments: “This is a genuinely innovative approach to energy production, providing many benefits to the community and council.”

Highly commended: Newcastle City Council


Bristol City Council

Cheshire East Council

Croydon LBC

East Sussex CC

Harrow LBC

Merton, Sutton and Richmond upon Thames LBCs and Kingston upon Thames RBC – South London Legal Partnership

Peterborough City Council - Asteria

Teignbridge DC


Jonathan Bunt, former strategic director of finance and investment, Barking & Dagenham LBC

Carolyn Downs, chief executive, Brent LBC

Richard Flinton, chief executive, North Yorkshire CC

Laura McGillivray, chief executive, Norwich City Council

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