Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy 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 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 a further solar installation and we now have a generation capacity of 267kW over seven school sites.
Our Co-operative provides each of our seven schools with:
In the last financial year our investor members received returns of over 7%.
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.
WVSS is not able to add new schools to this co-operative but a number of the core members of the WVSS team are working on a new co-operative which has already been established and which is called The Schools' Energy Co-operative.