About Bristol Energy Cooperative
Growing local green energy, making the benefits available to all
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 help 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. Decisions are made on a one-member one-vote basis at our AGMs. We're a people-owned power station for Greater Bristol!
Strong track record
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 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 further installations at the Bristol Folk House, South Bristol Sports Centre, and Empire Fighting Chance.
More about our current rooftop solar installations
We have paid our investor members the target interest rate on their investment for the three years that our schemes have been operating. Surplus profits from our schemes are paid into a community fund. This has helped fund free advice sessions on energy deals, bill management, and maximising energy savings.
Our solar energy fund-raise
Our third solar fund-raise is now complete, we succesfully raised over £10million! We aim to launch a new fundraise in spring 2017, so do sign up to our newsletter to keep in touch.
We are pleased to have the support and endorsement of organisations and individuals across Bristol, including