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Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE)

BWCE is an early pioneer of community-owned energy generation. The group is volunteer led, with two paid staff members, and it has 18 sub-100kW solar arrays (totalling 472kW), five ground-mounted solar arrays (totalling 11.84MW), and 13.5kW of hydro. BWCE’s assets generate sufficient electricity over a whole year to power 4,000 typical homes in the area.

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Exeter Community Energy

Exeter Community Energy is an established community energy group serving the Exeter area. It is volunteer led, with many local professionals giving their time. The group has been instrumental in the provision of 209 kW of solar PV on the roofs of Local Authority and local business properties and it is in the early stages of developing a hydro scheme in the city.

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Marshfield Energy Group

Marshfield is a village of around 850 households in South Gloucestershire. Marshfield Energy Group is volunteer-led, with support from the Community Land Trust. The local primary school has a 12 kW wind turbine and there are 30 domestic PV installations ranging between 3-4 kW each. The community group has undertaken research in the past, exploring the potential for a solar farm, wind, and anaerobic digester generation schemes.

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Owen Square Community Energy Initiative

Owen Square Community Energy initiative is a member-based local energy supply company jointly operated by Easton Community Centre (ECC), local energy group Easton Energy Group (EEG) and Bristol-based microgrid developer Clean Energy Prospector (CEPRO). The Owen Square Community Energy initiative, which began in 2014, is tackling the challenge of how to develop a replicable business case for intensive low carbon retrofits of homes. It includes plans to establish a ‘community microgrid’, incorporating a local supply company, community scale thermal storage, domestic heat pumps and solar PV, and to explore the potential economic gains from energy markets and grid services.

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Rooftop Housing Group

Rooftop Housing Group is a Housing Association serving the West Midlands and Gloucestershire. The organisation has a full-time sustainability officer and a regional manager who is very supportive of innovative projects that promote energy efficiency.

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Tamar Energy Community

Tamar Energy Community is a Devon-based community energy group with 327 kW of solar PV on schools, businesses and the local swimming pool. The group is volunteer-led, and it runs a fuel poverty and domestic energy advice service.

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WHG Housing Association

WHG is a Housing Association in the West Midlands with a large number of electrically heated tower blocks, serving communities typically with very low incomes. WHG has a full-time energy manager.

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