Achievements To Date

Bath & West Community Energy was established in June 2010.

Since then for Bath & West Community Energy and our partners we have:

  • Raised nearly £16 million through 11 community share and bond offers offers, ranging from £350,000 to nearly £3 million for both BWCE projects and those of our community energy partners
  • Installed over 20MW of solar PV projects, 12.35MW of BWCE’s own projects and 8MW of projects owned by our community energy partners, sufficient to supply the equivalent annual electricity demand from around 6,500 homes

For Bath & West Community Energy projects

  • Established a cooperation agreement with Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Raised over £9 million through six share offers and two bond offers
  • Raised £780,000 of debt finance from SSE and £650,000 from B&NES Council, £2.5 million from Close Brothers and £3.5 million from Triodos
  • Recently refinanced existing debt and bonds with lower cost finance from Triodos
  • Installed 12.35MW of solar PV made up of made up from 472kW across 11 schools and three community buildings plus four ground mounted arrays.

Olfield Infants1 copy 2Children celebrating the installation of solar panels at Oldfield Park Infants’ School

  • Installed a 250kW ground mounted solar array linked to Hartham business park, a 2,340kW ground mounted solar array near Marksbury, west of Bath and a 4,024kW and a 4,998kW ground mounted solar array in Devon and Somerset respectively. Both financed in partnership with local community energy groups.

crewkerne solar community site The 5MW Crewkerne solar array under construction

  • Installed a modern water wheel at the Old Mill Hotel at Batheaston Weir
BWCE members at Old Mill Hotel
  • Raised £200,000 as a contingent project development loan from SSE
  • Secured £108,000 of grant for ‘at risk’ project development from B&NES Council
  • Secured Heads of Terms with First Bus to develop a 300kW hydro scheme on their bus depot on Weston Island in Bath – currently on hold due to flood mitigation planning
  • Identified a number of potential sites for wind turbines
  • Run a successful LEAF funded project that tested an innovative model for financing energy efficiency in schools
  • Paid members 6-7% interest on their investment in each of last six years
  • Donated over £170,000 to its independent community fund of which to date £155,000 has been distributed in grants to support local community carbon reduction and fuel poverty projects

For Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy Projects

  • Worked with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to establish Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy as an independent community benefit society, set up to develop, finance, build and operate community renewables projects on Wiltshire Wildlife Trust sites.
  • Secured planning permission on a 1MW ground mounted solar PV array in partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and raised £1.3 million on behalf of Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy
  • Oversaw the installation and commissioning of the Chelworth 1MW solar array

IMG_0234The 1MW Chelworth Solar PV Array shortly after commissioning 

  • Worked with WWCE to develop and finance 5MW of community solar PV at Braydon Manor Farm with a £3 million share offer.

For Low Carbon Gordano Projects

  • Worked with Low Carbon Gordano to raise £2.2 million to fund the construction of a 1.87 MW solar PV array near Avonmouth.
  • Investigating a range of other sites including further solar PV and wind turbine projects

For Frome Renewable Energy Coop Projects

  • Worked with local community representatives to help set up Frome Renewable Energy Coop
  • Identified and helped develop and finance 200kW of solar PV across two community projects in Frome

For Kennet Community Energy Projects

  • Worked with local community representatives to help set up Kennet Community Energy
  • Supported the installation of 44kW of Solar PV by Kennet Community Energy on Wadworths brewery in Devices