Bath community energy pays for toddler time and canoe clubs

Mother and toddler group at the Percy centre, who received a grant from BWCE

Mother and toddler group at the Percy centre, who received a grant from BWCE

Hardware 6MW solar panels, enough to supply the equivalent annual electricity demand of 1700 homes.
Benefits Grants for community organisations and charities like Age UK, a canoeing club, community centres and more.
Location Bath and North East Somerset

Bath and West Community Energy have raised a whopping £10 million from seven community share offers. They've installed enough solar panels to power the equivalent of 1,700 homes and given away tens of thousands of pounds to the community.

BWCE show what's possible with big ambition. Their panels adorn the roofs of schools, rugby clubs and community centres.

Not only that, but last year they gave out a staggering £20,000 worth of grants to projects focused on carbon reduction and fuel poverty. These included solar heating for a canoe club, solar powered water pumping for a local growing co-op, funding for the local Age UK group to help older people in fuel poverty, and low energy lighting that freed up budgets in a community centre.


"The money enables us to have somebody working on the project, making sure people keep warm & well in the winter. I was amazed at how incredibly generous BWCE are in giving away so much to the local community.”

Janet Dabbs, CEO of Age UK Bath & North East Somerset, received BWCE grant.

"I think it's important for community organisations to reduce money wasted on energy. As a charity, the grant from BWCE means that we have more money to spend on our projects." 

Roger Houghton, Percy Community Centre Manager, received BWCE grant.

"Our local climate action group has been helping residents identify where their houses are inefficient and giving advice on how to use less energy.  Grant money from BWCE will help us continue and expand this.”

Shay Parsons, BWCE member.

BWCE have their sights on a couple of water power projects and more solar installations. Plus there are still tonnes of community projects itching for grants to go greener.

Photos: Andy Aitchison