The Greater Manchester Community Renewables organisation has urged residents to pledge their support for community energy and local projects which could provide energy for schools. The Greater Manchester community energy pledge aims to involve local people through share offers and by backing schools with installed renewable energy. Community groups are setting up projects across the region, including in Rochdale, Stockport, Bury and Salford, to generate and distribute their own electricity, saving schools and community organisations money on their bills and reducing their carbon footprint. Greater Manchester Community Renewables director Ali Abbas said: “Community energy isn’t just about doing something positive for the environment. It’s also about breaking the control of the big energy companies and putting power back in the hands of local people.