About this group
The Bristol Energy Cooperative will establish a community-owned social enterprise which aims to support the creation of a resilient, robust and organised community, and respond equitably to current and future energy challenges.
Our objectives are:
- To enable meaningful cuts in carbon emissions, and reduce dependence on unsustainable sources of energy.
- To fund and implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, in collaboration with people, communities and businesses.
- To work co-operatively with people and communities to make carbon reduction technologies available to all regardless of financial resources, and support mutual action to respond to the challenges of climate change.
In the first phase of our project, we will install PV panels on the roofs of community buildings, and invite investment through a community share issue. Share holders will all be members, and each member will have one vote, regardless of how much they invest. We plan to have our first 150kW installed by the end of March 2012, so things are moving really fast!
In the longer term, the profits will be re-invested in the next phase of the project - this could be PV on people's homes, insulation and energy efficiency measures, other renewable technologies such as wind, anaerobic digestion, or maybe something else we haven't even thought of yet.
This project is part of the growing cooperative economy in Bristol, and part of the rich history of cooperatives in the city.
You can join our email list on the website: www.bristolenergy.coop - the website also has links to our facebook page. If you live in Bristol and are interested in sustainable energy, join us!