Public Power Solutions Swindon Chapel Farm Solar Park
Swindon Chapel Farm Solar Park is the first community solar project funded directly through an Innovative Finance ISA, with council solar bonds issued by Abundance. It was developed by Public Power Solutions on a former landfill site. With a minimum investment of just £5, the bonds raised more than £2.4 million from over 800 investors within the local community and further afield.
 
Bristol Energy Network 
Bristol Energy Network is a Community Interest Company driving community-led action on energy in and around Bristol. Through training and project development, networking and peer learning, their inclusive approach is helping to create a dynamic and diverse community energy scene in Bristol. The work has underpinned Bristol City Council’s Community Energy Fund, which has provided £146,000 funding for 27 local initiatives.
 
Bath and West Community Energy
Bath and West Community Energy (BWCE) has approximately 650 members and 400 bondholders and has distributed £115,000 of the community benefit funds to fund carbon reduction and fuel poverty projects. In addition, BWCE set-up Mongoose Energy, an enterprise specialising in the work of developing other community energy projects and supporting community energy societies across the UK.
 
Tamar Energy Community 
Tamar Energy Community (TEC) has installed 320 kW of solar PV on six rooftops across the Tamar Valley, funded by the community and Cornwall Council’s Low Carbon Society. One of the solar hosts is Tesco Stores, which is understood to be their first community renewables project. TEC’s community space – Local Matters – enables ongoing energy advice drop-ins supported by a home visit service.