Energy4All supports 30 community co-ops; 10 solar PV sites, 12 wind sites, 6 hydro sites, 1 biomass site and Energy Prospects.
An exciting new initiative to generate renewable electricity from solar panels installed on M&S stores across the UK. Income from the electricity generated provides a return for investors and funds carbon-saving initiatives in the local community. This project is a first for any major UK retailer. www.mandsenergysociety.com
For almost 20 years, Baywind owned six turbines. Five were decommissioned in 2016, to make way for two new high powered turbines belonging to successor High Winds Community Energy Co-operative. At the end of life of the remaining turbine the site will be taken over by High Winds.www.baywind.coop
Developed and built by Falck Renewables Wind Limited, the site comprises twelve GE 3.2MW wind turbines with a total export capacity of 36MW. The wind farm is expected to produce enough clean energy to power approximately 26,000 homes. Members are projected to receive a 5% return over approximately a 15-year period. www.auchrobert.coop/
Until early 2020, Mean Moor Wind Farm was owned by three community enterprises; High Winds Community Energy Society, Energy Prospects and Baywind Energy Co-Operative. Following a £5.7 million share offer, Mean Moor will now fall under the ownership of High Winds Community Energy Society.
In 2008 the co-operative purchased a stake in the Kilbraur wind farm via a share offer in excess of £1 million. A second share offer in 2011 saw the purchase of a further stake in the remaining 8 turbines at the wind farm. The site consists of 27 turbines. www.kilbraur.coop
The Isle of Skye Renewables Co-op purchased a stake in the Ben Aketil wind farm following an initial share offer in 2008, quickly followed by a second offer in 2010. The twelve turbines on site generate enough clean, green energy to supply around 21,000 homes. www.skye.coop
Following a successful share offer in 2015, High Winds raised £4million towards the cost of constructing two wind turbines at Harlock Hill, near Ulverston, Cumbria.
Recently another share offer has raised £5.7 million which will see High Winds become the sole owner of Mean Moor Wind Farm, Ulverston. www.highwinds.coop
Following a successful £1,288,270 share offer in 2008, the Great Glen Energy Co-op purchased a stake in the Millennium wind farm. In 2010, members of the co-op purchased a further stake in the additional turbines which had been constructed since 2008. Today there are 26 x 2.5MW turbines on the site. www.greatglen.coop
Hydro and biomass sites
The co-operative has operated a wood chip fuelled district heating system on the Springbok Estate near Alfold, Surrey since June 2015. Prior to installation of the biomass system the heating was supplied by approximately 20 oil boilers, some of which were quite old and inefficient. www.springbokwoodheat.co.uk/