COMMUNITY ENERGY IS RADICAL
In a time of Facebook, BP and Bezos, we’re seeing the wealth gap explode whilst the climate crisis unfolds. We’re seeing Earth’s resources plundered and profit prioritised over survival. Energy giants like Shell and Exxon are seeing their profits skyrocket, while people can’t afford to heat their homes or even turn their oven on.
At Bristol Energy Cooperative we’re turning this trend on its head. The energy that we produce is crowdfunded and sold cheaply to community buildings, with profits funneled into carefully chosen community benefit projects.
RECENT SHARE OFFERS HAVE HELPED US ACHIEVE SO MUCH
including installation of one of the largest community owned rooftop solar PV arrays in the UK Located at The Bottle Yard 2 Studios, this array means Bristol’s film industry will be able to fire up their lights and cameras at a much cheaper rate and with a far lower carbon footprint.
WE’RE FIGHTING BACK AND WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
With the help of a local Bristol community we’ve also successfully intervened before 48 diesel generators could be installed, only a matter of metres away from St. Philips Marsh Nursery School – the equivalent of running 96 bus engines.
In its place, with the investment raised from this share offer, we’ll be part-funding the installation of a huge 20MW grid scale battery, meaning the local community is saved from the noise and serious increase in pollution they would otherwise have been subjected to.
We couldn’t be prouder of the installations we’ve brought online over the past 12 years. But we want to go further. And faster.
We’ve challenged ourselves (no, really challenged ourselves!) and developed a pipeline of projects over the next two years that will *more than double* our rooftop solar capacity.
Yes, you read that right. We aim to be producing enough energy to power over 3,600 average homes every year.
Since 2011, we’ve already raised £15 million, installed 10MWp of solar and battery assets, and directed over £350,000 to local projects that benefit the community. None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for the investments made by our 1,500+ members, each of whom want to be part of something that is helping to tackle the climate emergency, shift us to clean, renewable energy, and create fairer society.
It’s time to put power back into the hands of the community. It’s time to join the energy revolution.
It’s time to get involved.
As with all investments, capital is always at risk.