Bristol Energy Cooperative

Withdrawable Shares

48% raised
3.5%

Forecast
return

Investors
349
Days left
32
Raised so far
£953,736

For the past 10 years, Bristol Energy Cooperative have delivered groundbreaking community-owned renewable energy installations that benefit the entire community.

Clean energy

Target
£2,000,000
Min raise
£100
Offer opened
23/12/2021
Closing date
30/06/2022
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Bristol Energy Cooperative

Bristol Community Energy Limited
Society no. 31313R.
Bristol, UK
Incorporation date: 12/07/2011

Your money will...

  • Tackle climate change by funding the delivery of pioneering clean energy projects in and around Bristol.

  • Champion innovation by supporting the development of community low-carbon energy generation that helps communities cut energy bills.

  • Democratise energy ownership, allowing communities and individuals to feel the benefit of renewable energy generation.

  • Earn a potential financial return. Investments in the share offer target a return of 3.5%.

The bigger picture

Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) is a ground-breaking community-owned energy cooperative, dedicated to increasing clean energy generation, directly tackling climate change and delivering benefits to the whole community.

  • Since 2011, BEC have developed numerous clean energy generation projects around Bristol, currently generating enough energy to power 3,000 homes.
  • They create a massive positive impact by recycling revenue to community benefit initiatives, with over £300,000 already invested in social and environmental initiatives.
  • They are working to deliver Bristol's first community hydro scheme that produces enough clean energy to power 250 homes.
  • BEC also manage numerous solar installations, utilising Bristol's potential for rooftop solar energy generation.
  • Their outstanding model is highly successful and with further funding, they can scale up and achieve so much more.

Where your money goes

It’s your money so it follows that you want to know where it goes and what kind of impact you’re making. BEC will use your investment to;

  • Support the growth and continued momentum of BEC by funding their next schemes in their renewable energy project pipeline.
  • Fund the development of new rooftop solar schemes, including the installation of a 125 kW rooftop PV scheme at the Bristol Beacon venue.
  • Fund the development of a clean energy microgrid for the 53-home development for Bridport Cohousing, helping cut the community’s carbon footprint.
  • Generate more revenues that will be re-invested in impactful social and environmental community initiatives around Bristol.

Team

BEC is a Community Benefit Society. Shareholders in BEC become members of the society. There is a principle of one vote per member regardless of how many shares are held by each member.

Peter Thompson

Chair

Peter brings a wealth of experience from high level appointments in the telecommunications sector to the role of chair of Bristol Energy Cooperative in order to ensure good governance and set its strategic direction.  

Andy O’Brien

Executive Director

Andy is a founder director of Bristol Energy Cooperative. He has 15 years’ experience in IT and project management, including work for Triodos Bank and Bristol City Council.

Chris Speller

Executive Director

Chris Speller brings financial, project and business management skills to the board as well as a depth of experience of organisational governance, staff management and support, strategic planning, and functioning within complex systems.  

Daniella Radice

Director

Daniella is an environmental campaigner and politician. From 2013 to 2016 she was a Green Councillor for Bishopston Ward on Bristol City Council  

Bola Adebanjo

Director

Bola is an ACCA Qualified Chartered Accountant (FCCA), MIT Certified Artificial Intelligence Strategy Professional with an ongoing Doctorate Degree in Data Science.

Andrew Lee

Director

As an architectural technician, Andrew Lee brings his experience of construction, including knowledge of building regulations, to the BEC board. 

Kat Blacklaws

Director

A passion for renewable energy and its social as well as environmental benefits led to Kat completing an MSc in Sustainability at Leeds University, focusing on the community benefits of two wind power projects.

Simon Pyne

Director

Simon runs a consultancy advising organisations on how to decarbonise, and brings 10 years’ experience working on the identification and commercialisation of energy projects across multiple technologies and industry sectors.

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Interest accrual and payment

Shares will start earning Interest on 01/09/2022.

Investors can expect their first interest payment on the 30/11/2023.

Getting your money out

Bristol Energy Co-operative is offering community shares which are "withdrawable" shares. These cannot be bought or sold on any market place and are not transferable. 

Although shares in BEC are withdrawable, this is at the discretion of the directors, and you may not be able to withdraw the full amount you purchased if BEC does
not have sufficient funds available at the time you want to withdraw.

Investing on behalf of children

This offer is eligible for investment on behalf of children.

If you wish to invest on behalf of a child then you can do this at the end of your online order process.

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Investments offered on the Ethex platform are not readily realisable, which means that they may be difficult to sell and you may get back less than you originally invested. Investments are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and returns are not guaranteed. If you are in any doubt, you should contact an Independent Financial Adviser.

Investments offered on the Ethex platform are not readily realisable, which means that they may be difficult to sell and you may get back less than you originally invested. Investments are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) and returns are not guaranteed. If you are in any doubt, you should contact an Independent Financial Adviser.