Bristol Energy Cooperative

Withdrawable Shares

82% raised
3.5%

Forecast
return

Investors
604
Days left
28
Raised so far
£1,647,006

Bristol Energy Cooperative delivers ground breaking community-owned renewable energy installations that return benefits to the local community.

Match funded
Clean energy

Target
£2,000,000
Min raise
£0
Offer opened
16/09/2020
Closing date
31/03/2021

Match Funded

Win win

This investment is match funded with an investment of £10,000 from the Peoples’ Postcode Lottery.

Bristol Energy Cooperative

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

Your money will...

  • Fight 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.

  • Help people take control of their energy generation by supporting BEC to democratise energy ownership.

  • Earn interest Investments in this offer target a return of 3.5%.

The bigger picture

BEC is a groundbreaking 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.
  • The recycling of revenues into community initiatives makes a massive positive impact. BEC has so far facilitated over £250,000 of community benefit to the local community.
  • They are developing Bristol's first community hydro scheme that will produce enough clean energy to power 250 homes, cutting tonnes of carbon emissions.
  • Their excellent model is highly successful and with further funding, they can achieve much more.

  • Join BEC for a webinar and Q&A to learn about this offer on 18th March at 6 pm.

Where your money goes

  • It will be used to deliver a growing portfolio of innovative and pioneering renewable energy installations.
  • It will allow local people to take control of their own clean energy future.
  • It will help BEC demonstrate how innovative renewable energy projects can enable communities to Build Back Better.
  • It will be taking decisive action against climate change by championing clean energy solutions.

    • When you invest in this share offer, you can be sure your money is helping to help fund pioneering renewable energy installations. BEC will use the money raised to build a portfolio of projects. These may include a new hydropower project in Bristol at Netham Weir, community microgrids and new solar roof installations.

    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 01/09/2021.

    Investors can expect their first interest payment on the 30/11/2022.

    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

    Investors in this share offer may hold shares on behalf of somebody who is under 16 years of age.

    If you wish to invest on behalf of a child then you can either do this at the end of your online order process or by completing and sending us the form in the "Documents" section above.

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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.