The Wey Valley Solar Schools Co-operative is an exciting and pioneering venture - a community owned energy co-operative set up by local people from the towns of Guildford and Godalming in Surrey. In 2011 our initial share offer raised £625,000 from individual investors to put solar panels on the roofs of six state secondary schools in Surrey.
Since then we have completed further solar installations and we now have a generation capacity of just over 560kW over nine school sites.
Our Co-operative provides each of our schools with:
In 2013 we also completed a project when we installed low energy lighting at a primary school in Harmondsworth using a pioneering (for a community enterprise) lighting services contract with the school.
We are keen to support other communities to replicate what we have done and they are welcome to contact us. Most of our documentation is available on this website to assist other prospective community co-operatives.