Bristol Energy Cooperative
Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) is a community-owned energy cooperative, growing Greater Bristol’s local green energy supply and making the benefits available to all.
We develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and helps others to do the same. We got started in 2011.
Our projects are funded by investor members, who receive interest on their investment from the money we receive for the energy we produce. Any surplus is used for our next projects. Decisions are made on a one-member one-vote basis at our AGMs. We're a people-owned power station for Greater Bristol!
Our first community share offer in 2012 was for the installation of Solar PV panels on community buildings. We raised £127,000 from 160 investor-members, and installed 63kW (over 250 panels in total) at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft, Knowle West Media Centre, and Easton Community Centre.
A second share offer for solar PV raised £120,000 for installations on more community buildings. Along with solar PV, we also have working groups for wind energy, energy efficiency, and renewable heat projects.
We are grateful to Bristol City Council for initial seed funding through its Community Energy Catalyst Fund.