There are many benefits to installing and using renewable energy in city farms and community gardens. Renewable sources of energy have a low environmental impact. They are considered ‘clean’ sources of energy creating less pollution than traditional fossil fuel based technologies. Renewables have lower carbon emissions so don’t impact on climate change in the same way as fossil fuels. In the long term they are often cheaper and in many situations funding is available to install renewable technologies. Some systems allow electricity to be sold back to the grid and can therefore actually generate an income for projects.

This case study factsheet, written by our team in Scotland, provides an overivew of the different systems available and includes case studies of successful installation on community growing project sites.