What is Brendon Energy?
Power to the people!
Brendon Energy is a Community Benefit Co-operative (registered as an Industrial and Provident Society for community benefit) set-up in 2011 to establish local renewable energy schemes. Our projects generate clean power, provide a return to investors and all profits are invested in new projects and donated to benefit the local community. Our members invest the capital for the projects and own the company. At the AGM every member has 1 vote irrespective of how much they have invested - everyone has an equal say.
What does Brendon Energy do in Wivey?
We currently have two soalr power stations on community buildings in Wiveliscombe and are hoping to add more. Our first scheme was the installation of 123 solar panels on the roof of the Childrens Centre in 2011. This was folllowed by 23 panels on the Community Centre at the end of 2013. We have three other solar power stations in Wellington and one in Brompton Regis.
What do we do for the community?
The commnity buildings which host the solar panels get to use all the electricity generated for free, which greatly reduces their electricity bill. In addition, profits form the Wivey schemes go into a '10 parishes community fund'. The Brendon Energy members vote each year on how this is distributed. The Fund gave out £500 in 2012, £500 in 2013 and £2,500 in 2014. You can see where the money went on our website.