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Bristol Energy Cooperative

Who benefits

Bristol Energy Cooperative aims to provide subsidised renewable energy to community organisations in the area. It installs projects that are reducing the impact of climate change and increasing energy security, whilst at the same time generating significant community benefit and support for the local economy.

Renewable energy

In 2017 BEC's solar electricity generation was 8,768,795 kwh - equivalent to the demand of 2,540 Bristol houses or boiling water for 438 million cups of tea.

Community Fund

Community projects supported by BEC in 2017-18

  • £50,000 of funding to: a community vegetable garden in Knowle; energy awareness feasts in Lockleaze; a children's bike exchange programme in St Paul's; energy advice to vulnerable people in South Gloucestershire; arts and crafts sessions in Hartcliffe using re-purposed waste materials; energy awareness days for older women from the South Asian community; solar panels for a Southville community centre; a low-carbon community housing project in Lockleaze; and household heat surveys and energy efficiency advice in Knowle West.
  • £2,500 to SolarAid for overseas projects.
  • £8,400 to Ambition Lawrence Weston (our partner in the Lawrence Weston solar farm).
  • £5,000 to a bursary fund to support research in the West of England into sustainable energy and climate change.

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