BWCE Supporters Meet-Up at Bath City Farm

On 27th May 17 people came together for a BWCE Supporters Meet-Up at Bath City Farm. With the farm being a beneficiary of the BWCE Fund, we thought this would…


BWCE Fund supports families to take action on climate change

This year the BWCE Fund awarded £1725 to FACE (Families Acting on Climate Emergency) to help them build the FACE community in schools and other settings across…


BWCE Fund supports low carbon cafe at Bath City Farm

This year the BWCE Fund awarded Bath City Farm £5,000 towards an air source heat pump and ventilation system for the new purpose-built community hub and cafe…


BWCE Fund supports the Funder Commitment on Climate Change

In May 2021, the BWCE Fund signed up to the Funder Commitment on Climate Change, committing to play our part in addressing the causes of climate change and…


Writhlington becomes our latest Solar School

BWCE are delighted to announce the installation of a large-scale 170kW solar system on the roof of Writhlington School in Radstock.


BWCE Fund helps iconic heritage building towards energy efficiency

What do you do when one of the most inspiring places in a World Heritage City is also one of the worst performers in energy terms? That's the question a senior…


BWCE Fund hands out £31,706 to local community projects

The BWCE Fund has awarded £31,706 in funding to 11 projects to help them reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty


BWCE Fund supported Grow Batheaston flourishing!

In January 2021 GROW Batheaston received a grant from the BWCE Fund. Only one year old at the time, this community group has really ‘grown’ since then! Ali…


How could the UK Government support Community Energy?

Some of the ideas suggested by BWCE to our local MP Wera Hobhouse prior to the Community Energy Schemes debate in parliament.


COP 26, the UK Government and Community Energy

BWCE’s Managing Director Pete Capener reflects on COP26 and the role of Government and community energy in the energy transition.


Half Year Generation Report

In the six months from April to the end of September BWCE projects have generated 8,909 MWh. That's equivalent to the electrical demand from 5,748 homes during…


BWCE Fund Now Open

The BWCE Fund is now open for applications with a deadline of 9am on 5th November 2021. The BWCE Fund supports local community projects that target the…


BWCE Out and About

We've been out and about running information stalls at the Keynsham Eco Festival, the 3SG event on environmental projects, a drop-in at Cheap Street in Bath…


Sign Up to Support Community Energy

We are launching a campaign to sign up 1000 supporters by October 2022 to demonstrate the level of support for community energy locally and to win backing for…


What happened at the AGM?

The key decisions made at our 2021 Annual General Meeting on 25th September.


Chris Crookall-Fallon to become new BWCE Chair

Chris Crookall-Fallon is to take over from Jane Stephenson as the new BWCE Chair. We hear from Chris about his previous involvement and on his thoughts for the…


Jane Stephenson to step down as BWCE Chair

At this year’s AGM Jane Stephenson will step down as BWCE Chair, a position she has held since 2016. Jane says farewell to the role and Managing Director Pete…


BWCE Fund supports Julian House Bike Workshop

The BWCE Fund awarded Julian House (Bath) £4827 towards the running costs of the Bath Bike Workshop. Rowena Knight, Senior Trusts Fundraiser at Julian House…


BWCE Fund supports Batheaston New Village Hall

The BWCE Fund awarded Batheaston New Village Hall (BNVN) committee £2797 towards the purchase and installation of solar panels for the new Community Village…


BWCE Fund supports Peter Pan Play School

The BWCE Fund awarded Peter Pan Play School (Newbridge, Bath) £1000 for the provision of a bike, scooter and pram shed. Clare Moon, the Peter Pan Committee…


1st Quarter Report on Generation

From 1st April 2021 to end of June 2021 our renewable energy projects have generated 4,894MWh. But what does this mean?


Sustainable home energy information

We have created an online resource with links to various organisations providing advice and guidance on sustainable home energy.


Flex Community Expands

BWCE's Flex Community is expanding and we have a new animation that explains Flex in less than 90 seconds.


BWCE enhancing biodiversity at solar site

A draft report by Wychwood Biodiversity Limited has highlighted that BWCE’s Wilmington solar farm is “an impressive site from a biodiversity perspective, with…


BWCE’s community business strategy to 2025

On 8th July 2021 we held a meeting to enable BWCE members to tell us what they thought about our new business plan before it was presented to the AGM on 25th…


Solar Streets report available

Our Solar Streets project in the Bear Flat area of Bath tested a community approach to electricity demand management through the integration of domestic solar…


We’ve Raised a Million

Our current community share offer has raised one million pounds!


BWCE webinar on transforming home energy demand

The latest in our series of Living with Renewables webinars was run in conjunction with Avalon Community Energy. It provided an overview of the context and…


Introducing Bath’s Renewable Farm

With a grant of £5,000 from the BWCE Fund, Middle Ground Growers have installed solar panels to power the farm, including cargo bikes, electric tools and a…


Reasons to be Cheerful

We are really pleased to be featured in the online Reasons to be Cheerful magazine founded by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame.


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Welcome to Alex and Julia

We have two new members of staff joining our team. Alex Jones is joining as Administrator and Julia O’Connor is our new Marketing and Communications Officer.


Interview with Sarah Warren

BWCE carried out a video interview with Sarah Warren, B&NES Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency to find out what motivates her, what she hopes to achieve and…


Share and Repair Needs your Help

Lorna Montgomery explains how Bath Share & Repair are seeking volunteers and some particular items for two new and interesting projects, one of which has been…


Electric vehicle charging network consultation

We are carrying out a consultation in Bradford on Avon to assess the support for a community owned ev charging network.


Update on Generation & Investment

Our renewable energy projects have generated 11,028MWh from 1st April 2020 to end of December 2020 and our latest share offer is close to reaching £700,000!


BWCE responds to B&NES Local Plan consultation

BWCE has responded to the consultation Bath & North East Somerset Council is carrying out on the Local Plan Partial Update. See our response in full.


Go Green Widcombe

Former BWCE Fund grant recipient Energy Efficient Widcombe have re-launched as Go Green Widcombe with big plans to combat the climate emergency. Tim Williamson…


BWCE Fund awards £36,000 to cut carbon emissions

The BWCE Fund has awarded £33,300 in funding to 11 B&NES projects that are reducing carbon emissions and helping to tackle the climate emergency.


Wind Power for our Communities

This February 2021 webinar focused on the role of community owned wind energy in helping us meet our climate change commitments.


BWCE are Recruiting!

BWCE are recruiting for two new posts - an administrator and a Marketing & Communications Officer. Deadline 1st February 2021.


BWCE working with Parish Councils

BWCE wants to help communities to control, own and benefit from renewable energy in their local area. Find out how we can work with Parish Councils to achieve…


Warm & Green Homes webinar

See the presentation from our November 2020 Warm & Green Homes webinar plus links to other other useful information, advice and funding.


The Energy Demand Challenge

Renewable energy development will be held back unless we find ways of enabling householders to become more flexible in the way that they use energy on a daily…


Warm and Green Homes webinar

In November 2020 we held a webinar on the top retrofitting priorities for a warm, eco-friendly home, plus information on costs, grants and other support.


Flex Community gets a big boost

Flex Community has been chosen to be one of the demonstration projects for ReDream, a European wide project initiated by Stemy Energy and Comillas University.……


Green Electricity Tariffs

Can you guarantee a green electricity tariff is supplying 100% renewable energy and will you need to pay over the odds for it? The answers to these questions…


Community Fund profile – Share and Repair

The BWCE Community Fund has helped Share and Repair in its mission to repair, reduce, reuse and recycle. Lorna Montgomery tells us how they are growing and…


Community Fund profile – Energy Sparks

BWCE Community Fund support helped Energy Sparks to test its website and energy education programme in local schools. The project has now gone nationwide. 


Can we create an EV charging network?

BWCE has secured funding from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) to test the viability of a community owned electric vehicle charging network running on…


Sophie answers questions on the Community Fund

Our Community Fund is open until 2nd November. Chair of Fund trustees Sophie Hooper Lea tells us why she got involved and shares her thoughts on the fund.


Community Fund profile – Greenlinks

Bath Mind's Greenlinks project received a BWCE Community Fund grant in January 2020. Amanda Bolton, Greenlinks Manager, tells us about the great work they are…


BWCE AGM 12th September 2020

Our 2020 AGM will be held online from 2.30 to 4.30pm on Saturday 12th September. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the launch of BWCE. As we enter our…


Community Fund guidelines updated

The BWCE Community Fund is due to launch on 14th September, subject to confirmation from members at the AGM. As a response to the Covid-19 crisis, fund…


Smart Household Energy

During our recent events on managing energy demand BWCE board member Sonya Bedford talked about the benefits she had received from having a smart meter and a…


Renewable Heat & Heat Pumps Webinar

Watch videos from our August 2020 webinar on heat pumps and the renewable heat challenge.


Living with Renewables – How do we manage energy demand?

On 12th March 2020 the BWCE Supporters Network ran an event at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution to explore the challenge of balancing energy…


Supporting Community Energy

On 24th October 2019 the BWCE Supporters Network ran this event at Manvers Street Baptist Church in Bath to share BWCE plans for the next year and explore how…


Support for Environmental Projects in B&NES

On 18th September 2019 BWCE collaborated with 3SG, the B&NES 3rd Sector Network, and B&NES Council to run an event at Bath City Football Club to share…


The Past, Present & Future of Community Energy

On Saturday 15th June 2019 BWCE and Comtek organised an event on the Past, Present & Future of Community Energy to raise awareness of the history of…


Managing Energy Demand

Following our June 2020 Living with Renewables webinar on Managing Energy Demand we have produced information on the ‘greenest’ time to use energy, time of use…


BWCE Annual General Meeting, Sat 12th September

This year is our 10th anniversary! We had been hoping to celebrate with our members and supporters in person but we have been unable to do this. Our 2020 AGM…


We’ve raised half a million!

Our latest share offer has passed the half a million mark. Thanks to all our new members and the existing members who have invested more in community owned…


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Your chance to support renewable friendly planning policies

80% of the population support onshore wind so why are there so few wind turbines in Bath & North East Somerset?


Are you planning to install a heat pump or an EV charging point?

Our Next Generation funded Flex Community project aims to combine home energy assets with smart technology designed by Stemy Energy to better balance demand…


Community Solar 2020 aims for a big power surge!

Thanks to our Solar Roof Spotters we have had over 100 enquiries to Community Solar 2020 and we are currently discussing a number of viable projects with local…


Your chance to support renewable friendly planning policies

80% of the population support onshore wind so why are there so few wind turbines in Bath & North East Somerset? Why don’t more houses have solar panels? How…


Covid 19 – Our response

Due to the current COVID-19 health emergency BWCE, in common with most organisations, is changing the way it operates.


BWCE Community Fund awards £28,000 to boost local community projects

An eco-therapy allotment, an edible food forest, a nappy library, energy ambassadors in schools, energy advice events, thermal home surveys, a solar powered…


Flex Community update

Applications have closed for our Flex Community pilot project on hot water heating and we are currently installing the Stemy Energy controller and app in a…


Solar Roof Spotters Guide available to download

Our Roof Spotters Guide with all the information to enable you to spot a viable roof for our Community Solar 2020 project is now available to download as a PDF…


How can you support BWCE in 2020?

We have had a good response to our Supporters Survey but we need more to build up a better picture of the geographical coverage of our supporter base, the…


3rd Flex Community public meeting, 9th January

Our Flex Community project is well underway with half of our target of 30 volunteers recruited to the pilot group and the first four Stemy Energy hot water…


BWCE launches Community Solar 2020

BWCE are pleased to announce the launch of Community Solar 2020, a new programme to install community owned solar pv in the Bath & West area. Community Solar…


Flex Community – an innovative approach to reducing carbon emissions

BWCE are excited to be embarking on a partnership with Stemy Energy, a company set up, as a spin off from Comillas University in Madrid and MIT, to promote a…


BWCE is the UK’s 2nd largest Energy & Environment Co-op

According to the Co-op Economy 2019 report from Co-operatives UK we are the 2nd largest Energy & Environment Co-op in the country! The Co-op Economy is the…


Taking the Heat out of Climate Conversations

On 31st January 2019, despite the arrival of snow, 30 people attended our ‘Taking the Heat out of Climate Conversations’ workshop at the Museum of Bath at…


Riverside noticeboard for the Old Mill hydro project

BWCE have collaborated with another local environmental group to install an information board on the South side of the River Avon at Bathampton enabling…


The Past, Present & Future of Community Energy

On Saturday 15th June 2019 BWCE and Comtek organised an event on the Past, Present & Future of Community Energy to raise awareness of the history of…


Responses from B&NES Council election candidates to BWCE questions

In the run up to the Bath & North East Somerset Council elections on 2nd May 2019 we sent a series of questions to all political parties standing candidates in…