BWCE is a not for profit, Community Benefit Society, operating and growing successfully since 2010.

We are a member organisation working to put people at the heart of the energy transition, placing ownership and control of energy in local hands.

Our focus is on developing clean local energy projects, that actively involve and benefit communities in Bath and the surrounding area.

Clean local energy, community owned for the common good.

Bath and West Community Energy's Local Areas

Our area of benefit covers Bath & North East Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire that border B&NES.

Our renewable energy projects are funded by members and bondholders investing in us and through bank debt from Triodos Bank.

Members become shareholders in BWCE. The principle of one member one vote, regardless of shareholding, forms the foundation of a democratic approach to organisational governance. We do not distribute profits to our shareholders, but we do pay interest on their investment. Additionally, we recycle cash surplus back into local communities via an independent community fund to support local community projects acting on carbon reduction and fuel poverty.

Our members play an important role in the organisation, electing the majority of our board from their number, and engaging with key strategic developments like new areas of work and the development of our business plan.

Our priorities until 2025 are set out in our business plan.

Our Structure

Bath & West Community Energy is a Community Benefit Society. This means that:

  • We are primarily for the benefit of the community at large, rather than just for our members. For more details see our Community Benefit page.
  • Membership is secured through a minimum shareholding of £100
  • We have democratic decision-making built into our structure, one member one vote.
  • Members can stand for election to our board, see here for information on current board members
  • We can pay interest on members’ share capital but we cannot distribute surpluses to members in the form of dividends. 
  • We have an asset lock that protects the founding principles and ethos of the business.

 BWCE is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Our registration number is 30960R

Achievements to date


Bath & West Community Energy was established in June 2010, following discussions between members of local community groups, Transition Bath and Transition Corsham.

Renewable Energy Installation

We have installed 13.2MW of renewable energy, enough to power nearly 4,500 homes.

This includes solar pv on the roofs of sixteen schools and five other buildings, five ground mounted solar arrays and a modern water wheel.

See Our Projects

Funding and Finance

We have raised nearly £21.2 million through community finance plus debt from Triodos bank, to build our renewable energy projects.

We have secured £850,000 in grant funding from Power to Change, Friends Provident Foundation, B&NES Council, Innovate UK, UK Government and the European Union, to help develop new renewables and deliver energy demand management projects.

We have also distributed nearly £300,000 to support local community carbon reduction and fuel poverty projects via our independent Community Fund.

Our annual accounts can be downloaded from the AGM pages for each relevant year here.

Energy Demand Management Projects

In addition to the installation of renewable energy we have run projects around energy efficiency and energy demand management.

  • Empower, funded by Innovate UK, Flex Community, funded by Power to Change and the European Union, both projects test(ed) household participation in shifting electricity demand from peak times.
  • Solar Streets, funded by Power to Change and Friends Provident Foundation and part of Western Power Distribution’s programme of substation monitoring, Open LV. The project installed solar PV and batteries in two streets in Bath, worked with householders on demand management and monitored electricity usage at two local sub-stations.

Support for Other Community Energy Groups

We have supported other community energy projects to raise £8 million through community fundraises and to install 13MW of renewable energy generation, enough to power 4,000 homes. 

Other community energy organisations we have supported include:

Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy, Low Carbon Gordano, Frome Renewable Energy Coop, Chelwood Community Energy and Kennet Community Energy and we are currently working in partnership with Keynsham Community Energy to develop new projects.