Solar power, biodiversity banks and
We develop renewable energy projects to protect and enhance wildlife habitats and biodiversity in Wiltshire. We concentrate on projects that reduce the impact of climate change and increase our energy security, whilst at the same time generating significant community benefit and supporting the local economy.
We believe a community-owned structure is the right model to create local support for renewable energy installations, and that a local and decentralised supply offers a viable and resilient business model.
Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy was created in 2013. We adopted 3 rooftop schemes from Wildshire Wildlife Trust buildings and then set about to develop more local community owned projects. Since then, we have successfully raised the necessary funds and built two community solar farms: Chelworth and Braydon Manor.
Surplus funds generated by our solar farms go into a community fund which other community groups in Wiltshire can apply to use.
Biodiversity in the UK continues to decline dramatically due to increasing intensification of agriculture, urbanisation and the impact of chemicals and other pollutants in the environment.
Since the 1930s lowland wildflower meadows have declined by 97% and hedges, home to birds and shelter for other types of wildlife, have been ploughed away to create huge fields supporting monoculture crops. Recent research has shown that where land management is carried out with a focus on wildlife, an increase in biodiversity can be seen across a range of plant and animal species.
Reflecting our origins and on-going link with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT), one of the core objectives of WWCE is: Advancing, promoting and furthering the conservation, maintenance and long term protection of wildlife and its habitats.
Land Management for Biodiversity
The provision of significant local community benefits is central to WWCE’s vision.
The Community Fund, which is administered by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) and overseen by a Community Fund Group (CFG). Criteria for eligible projects supported through the community fund include wildlife conservation, climate change mitigation, carbon reduction (including local food, transport, waste projects etc) and tackling fuel poverty.
£45,000 has been allocated to the community fund to date. In 2020 £16,500 has been awarded to local community-led environmental projects and £4,000 to Swindon Community Foundation Corona virus appeal. Please see our June newsletter for further details.
WWCE has three rooftop projects: Clattinger, Fisheries and Langford. All three projects were purchased from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) in December 2013.
The Clattinger Farm House installation is 4kW and is situated on a garage roof at WWT’s Clattinger Farm Nature Reserve. Clattinger is considered the finest remaining example of enclosed lowland grassland in the UK, and is of international importance for its hay meadow wildflowers.
The Fisheries Cottage installation also is 4kW and is on the roof of a cottage at Langford Lakes Nature Reserve. The nature reserve covers an expanse of 31 hectares, with four lakes and an 800m stretch of the Wylye River, which is designated as a Special Area of Conservation.
The Langford Visitor Centre installation is the largest at 10kW and is on the roof of the Lakeside Building at Langford Lakes Nature Reserve.
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Meet the Team
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) is a charity dedicated to conserving our natural heritage, promoting greener ideas for living well, energy management, minimising waste and encouraging people to explore, experience and enjoy the natural world around them. Since 1962 WWT has been inspiring, informing, including and influencing people across Wiltshire – with one aim, to get more people involved in helping protect the environment and promote sustainable living.
Triodos Bank only finances loan customers creating social, environmental or cultural added value – ranging from large ethical loan customers to smaller, innovative organisations meeting local needs. Triodos Bank has over 20 years’ experience of investing in renewable energy. Triodos Bank has provided a long-term loan to the Braydon Manor solar array.
Communities for Renewables CIC (CfR)
CfR CIC is a mission-led community interest company which helps communities to set up local energy enterprises and works with them to develop, finance and manage their own renewable energy generation. CfR provides company and asset management services to Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy Ltd and its subsidiaries.
Ethex are a positive investment company who manage WWCE's share register. This includes administering member interest and capital payments, keeping member contact and bank details up to date, share buy-backs and issue of new shares and probate administration.
For any queries relating to your WWCE community shares please contact Ethex:
British Solar Renewables (BSR) is a leading renewable energy services provider based in Shepton Mallet. Founded in 2010, BSR has grown into one of the largest integrated developers in the UK with over 530 MW of ground-mounted solar PV parks successfully installed to date, and a similar quantum of operational assets under management. BSR provides operations and maintenance services to the Braydon Manor solar array.
Established in 1993, Naturesave Insurance is one of the UK’s leading ethical insurance providers and specialises in insuring community renewable energy projects. Naturesave’s commercial activities fund its charity, The Naturesave Trust which provides grants for environmental projects across the UK’