Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy (WWCE) is an award-winning community-owned sustainable energy organisation set up in 2013 by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.
Our purpose is to develop renewable energy projects with a focus on protecting and enhancing 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.
The WWCE team is made up of a group of dedicated and committed people passionate about sustainability and community renewables.
WWCE has been incorporated as an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) – Community Benefit Society
As a Community Benefit Society or ‘BenCom’ we are radically different from an ordinary company in that our aims must be to benefit the community rather than just our own members. Social enterprises have traditionally favoured the ‘BenCom’ as a suitable legal structure which is attractive to ethical investors and which protects the founding principles and ethos of the business.
The main features of WWCE as a BenCom are listed below:
- We are allowed to reward our members – or shareholders – by giving them interest on their shares.
- Membership of WWCE is based on shareholding which is open to anyone over the age of 16.
- Shares are valued at £1 each. The minimum shareholding is £500 and the maximum is £100,000, per member.
- The company is run democratically. Members have one vote regardless of the number of shares they own. One Member = One Vote
- Membership is governed by our rules which are available to view on request.
- We are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority in England and Wales under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 (registration number 32116R).