Bristol Energy Cooperative is a not-for-profit community energy business responding to the climate crisis through developing and operating renewable energy resources. It currently has assets of around £11m, a turnover of £1.2m, and a pipeline of medium to large scale hydro, solar, battery, wind and microgrid schemes.
The organisation is driven by both its commercial and community values, distributing profit through various channels including a community energy grant scheme. It has created an infrastructure supporting individuals and non-specialist businesses to participate in sustainability transition, and has spawned initiatives such as Zero West, which has a wider remit for regional project development and information dissemination. It is a co-owner of Bright Renewables, a community orientated renewables asset management company, and Microgrid Foundry, which is developing microgrid solutions for new housing.
The Board currently has 7 directors and meets monthly at 5pm on the second Wednesday of the month in central Bristol. There are 3 employees, two of whom are directors, and a contracted management accountant who works very closely with the operational team. The Board has several Working Groups, and the new director would be expected to attend the Finance Working Group which meets quarterly.