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 from our website. If anyone has a roof they think might fit the bill please complete an expression of interest form.
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 networks and contacts we have to draw upon and the various contributions supporters are able to make to the work of BWCE in 2020. So far the average time taken to complete the survey is 7 minutes so it would be great if you could go to BWCE Supporters Survey and answer a few questions.
One big way of supporting BWCE in 2020 is to encourage more people to become members. Our current share offer is ongoing but with the launch of Community Solar 2020 it would be great to get an influx of new members and investment by the time of our 6th share allocation on 31st January. If you know of anyone looking for a New Year’s Resolution why not suggest they join BWCE!
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 heating controllers installed. Here’s John Ingham with his new controller.
The current pilot project is for people who use immersion heaters (either as the main source or as a back-up) and who live in Bath & North East Somerset or adjoining areas (e.g. Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Trowbridge, Marshfield). Ultimately, the project will broaden out from hot water heating to integrate solar pv, heat pumps and electric vehicle charging and will provide a service to help people identify what technology to install to help reduce carbon emissions.
We are delighted to announce that we have recently been accepted onto the Next Generation Community Energy Programme to help us develop a sustainable business model and pilot the Flex Community project. This exciting innovation programme is funded by Power to Change and supported by a consortium of expert organisations led by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol.
If you are interested in any aspect of the project please come to our 3rd Flex Community public meeting on Thursday 9th January. For more information go to our Flex Community webpages and if you think you might qualify to take part there is a short survey you can complete.
Thanks to all those Solar Roof Spotters who have suggested potential sites for solar panel installation for our Community Solar 2020 offer. Please keep them coming! All the information you need, including a downloadable leaflet, FAQs, a Roof Spotters Guide and a short survey to express interest can be found at our Community Solar 2020 web pages.
We want are building a people-powered network to promote practical action on community energy across the Bath & West area and we need supporters in every community to help us. If you can spare some time to help us realise our vision please complete our Supporters Survey. It should only take 5-10 minutes.
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 2020 will offer free solar panel installations for businesses, schools and community buildings.
- BWCE will raise the money, install the systems, own and maintain them.
- BWCE will sell the solar generated electricity to the building owner at least 10% cheaper than the grid and help them to slash their carbon emissions.
- Surplus income is donated to local community projects to reduce emissions and fuel poverty through the BWCE Community Fund.
- Organisations that install community owned solar will be given an opportunity to invest in BWCE and earn an annual return.
We are asking BWCE members and supporters to become Solar Roof Spotters to help us find potential roofs for the project.
Please go to our Community Solar 2020 web pages where you will find links to:
- A Community Solar 2020 leaflet
- A Roof Spotters Guide providing lots of information to help you find suitable roofs
- Frequently Asked Questions targeted at building owners/managers.
- A self-assessment survey which building owners/managers can complete to express interest.
We have been successful in signing up an initial group of volunteers for our Flex Community project to test and develop the Stemy Energy smart app that we believe has great potential to reduce carbon emissions, help the grid manage supply and demand better and ultimately make it easier to supply renewable energy directly to villages and small neighbourhoods.
We are now looking for more participants who meet the following criteria to join them in the New Year.
- Live in Bath & North East Somerset or adjoining areas (e.g. Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Trowbridge, Marshfield).
- Keen to do something practical about the climate crisis.
- Use an electric immersion heater to heat water (either as the main source or as a back-up).
Anyone interested in helping us to develop Flex Community is invited to attend our next public meeting:
Thursday 28th November
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
16-18 Queen Square
Bath BA1 2HN
More details and booking via Eventbrite
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 nation’s only comprehensive report on the UK’s co-operative sector. It reveals turnover, membership and employee figures for thousands of co-op businesses across the UK.
Come along and find out more about BWCE, hear about our latest plans for how community energy can help address the climate crisis. Our AGM is being held at Komedia on Westgate Street in Bath from 1-4pm on the 14th September.
Attendance is open to all but only members will be able to vote. More information and an opportunity to sign up can be found on our Eventbrite page.
BWCE is working with 3SG, the B&NES 3rd Sector Network, and B&NES Council to run an event on Support for Environmental Projects in B&NES on 18th September at Bath City Football Club. This free event will signpost resources and support that could help groups to build on existing work or start new projects. This will include information on our own Community Fund, due to be launched this year after our AGM on 14th September.