Tag: Community Energy

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#CoopStories: Creating the world's biggest solar co-operative - the story of Westmill Solar

Some challenges can seem too huge to face. How can we beat climate change when fossil fuels have 100 years head start? How can we pay for renewables when the cost of living is always on the up? How...

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80% drop in community-owned energy following government U-turns

Co-operatives UK has demanded ation after government policy U-turns spark a drop in community energy start-ups by more than 80 per cent - a story that has been picked up now by the Guardian . Just 10...

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Autumn Statement 2015: A co-operative perspective

We've taken a look at the detail of George Osborne's Autumn Statement and government's Spending Review to provide members with insight from a co-operative perspective. new options to attract...

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Bristol Energy Cooperative scoops project gong at Clean Energy Awards

Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) has celebrated winning the Community Benefit Project Award at the Jimmy Carr-hosted Solar Power Portal and Clean Energy Awards. The award is recognition of the...

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Community energy: BWCE

Energy plays a pivotal role in our lives. From our early morning cup of coffee, to heating our homes on a cold winter’s evening, our reliance is great. This commodity, despite its importance, is...

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Impact of tax relief and Feed in Tariff changes on MaidEnergy Co-Operative

Government has come in for some fierce criticism from the community energy sector in recent weeks. Proposals to deny member investors access to tax relief – which represent a significant u-turn from...

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Largest ever mobilisation of community energy groups ask George Osborne for tax relief rethink

More than 100 organisations, including Co-operatives UK and a significant number of its members, have called for the Government to abandon plans that will "decimate" the community energy sector. In...

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Solar site bounces back from World War II weapons worry

Even the threat of World War II incendiary weapons will not be enough to prevent Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) becoming the largest generator of community energy in the UK. Work has now commenced...

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Solar so good for Bristol Energy Cooperative after £2 million boost

Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) is celebrating after raising more than £2 million through its crowdfunding campaign. The cash will finance the purchase of an operational 4.6MWp solar array at...

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Successes

EIS extension for community energy With a coalition of co-ops and support bodies we secured a vital extension to EIS tax relief on investment in bona fide community energy co-ops in Budget 2015 ...