Wey Valley Solar is a community owned energy co-operative set up by local people mainly from the towns of Guildford and Godalming in Surrey. The Co-op installs community funded solar panel systems on schools and other community organisations free of charge, provides energy efficiency support to its member schools and works with schools and local community groups to maximise the environmental, educational and community impact of the solar installations. We seek to assist schools in their sustainability and educational work and to engage the local community.
As a social enterprise, Wey Valley Solar is dedicated to supporting its member organisations rather than making profits for shareholders. Our directors work for free to support our environmental and social mission. Our profits go back to our school and church members. It’s a compelling and ethical alternative to the prevailing commercial rent-a-roof or leasing model. It gives schools access to renewable energy sources and helps them cut their energy costs with no up-front cost by installing solar panels.
Wey Valley Solar started in 2011 with 238 kW of solar panels on the roofs of six state secondary schools in Surrey. We now have generation capacity of just over 600kW over eleven sites (ten schools and one church). You can read more about our projects here. We have exciting plans to double our generating capacity over the next 12 months.
Wey Valley Solar is a small, local, co-op but part of a bigger family. Our sister co-operative Schools Energy as installed solar panels in over 100 schools up and down the country and on the cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral. Both co-ops are underpinned administratively by Energy4All which provides fundraising, accounting and project management support for 33 local energy co-operatives. You can read more about Energy4All here.