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Co-operative renewable energy in the UK: a guide to this growing sector

Co-operatively-owned energy generation is a vibrant and growing sector in the UK. The first co‑operatively-owned wind turbines, Baywind in Cumbria, started turning in 1997. Since then, over 7,000 individual investors have ploughed over £16 million into community-owned renewable energy.

This report summarises insights gained from visits to five co-operatively owned energy projects during the summer of 2011.

It will be of interest to:

  • anyone thinking of starting a community or co-operative energy initiative;
  • intermediaries such as business and energy advisers;
  • policy and decision makers with an interest in renewable energy and community ownership;
  • members of existing energy co-operatives; and,
  • anyone wanting to find out more about this growing sector.

Those interested in this area may also be interested in the Manifesto for a community energy revolution, and The Energy Bill and its impact on Community Energy.

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