Bristol Energy Cooperative is committed to recycling profit from our community energy business activity into community action supporting others in:

Responding to climate change
Cutting carbon emissions & increasing energy sustainability
Benefitting from the opportunities of energy transition

Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund

Thursday 17th October 2019

Working with Bristol-based Centre for Sustainable Energy, we offered small bursaries for research on sustainable energy and climate change in the West of England.
Two projects were awarded the fund in 2018/18:

Dr Jake Barnes – Energy Publics: mapping public participation in Bristol’s energy transition
Dr Elaine Forde – Fuel Stories: a community energy engagement model

More information, including details of the successful projects can be found at:

International charity donation

Thursday 18 October 2018

Climate change is a truly international issue, with some of the worst effects falling on people who are least responsible for causing it.

Bristol Energy Cooperative will be making a small annual donation to organisations working on resilience and adaptation overseas.

In 2018 BEC made ​a donation of £2,500 to Solar Aid

In 2019 BEC made a donation of £2,000 to Aid Box Community in recognition of work they do supporting refugees and migrants who settle in Bristol.

Megawatt Community Energy Fund

Bristol Energy Cooperative’s Megawatt Community Energy Fund is available for community action on reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere, and/or making energy more affordable e.g. through focused fuel poverty initiatives. ​

Applications are accepted from our operational area: Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Sedgemoor District (Somerset).

​Round 3 – closes 7th April 2020

​The third round will be open for applications from 12th February 2020 until 7th April in partnership with neighbouring community energy cooperative Low Carbon Gordano and administered by Quartet Community Fund. Grants of up to £5,000 will be available, from a total pot of £40,000

​Previous recipients

The first round of Bristol Energy Cooperative’s Megawatt Community Energy Fund closed in September 2017. It received over 30 applications, with up to £50,000 available. The successful projects were selected by a member vote and panel, and can be viewed at the link below.​ The second round was held in 2019 in partnership with neighbouring community energy cooperative Low Carbon Gordano. Bristol Energy Cooperative contributed £25,000 to this round, and 30 applications were received. Members of Bristol Energy Cooperative and Low Carbon Gordano were asked to vote for their top applications in an online poll, and the final 14 successful applications were selected by a panel of representatives of both organisations.

Local partners – Ambition Lawrence Weston

Income from the Lawrence Weston Solar Farm is being shared with the local community through Ambition Lawrence Weston, to support a range of community initiatives as set out in the Lawrence Weston Community Plan 2013-2023, The Way Forward.

In 2017-18, BEC made a payment of £8,400 to Ambition Lawrence Weston which was spent employing an Energy Consultant to:

  • Lead on a local community owned onshore wind project (which has received £150k of additional development funding).
  • Deliver a repeat of a successful intern project + other energy related activities  eg energy supplier switching support, community events to promote renewable energy and co-ordinating energy surveys.
  • Advise on Community Housing and Hub projects. ​ALW have set-up a new energy Community Interest Company (ACE CIC)

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