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 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.
In 2015 we made a second share offer to raise between £200,000- 250,000 to enable us to fund substantial extensions to our solar installations at Godalming College and Beacon School of up to 285 kW, more than doubling the generating capacity of the Co-operative. These extensions are expected to be commissioned in the summer of 2015 and, if Beacon School receives funding for a new sports hall, a solar panel array will be installed on it in the spring of 2016.
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.