By Rebecca Willis, Jenny Willis, Cooperatives UK
Co-operatively-owned energy generation is a vibrant and growing sector in the UK. The first co‑operatively-owned wind turbines, Baywind in Cumbria, started turning in 1997. Since then, over 7,000 individual investors have ploughed over £16 million into community-owned renewable energy. This report summarises insights gained from visits to five co-operatively owned energy projects during the summer of 2011.