Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network, Cornwall, UK
Creating an energy-smart town
Cornwall has some of the best renewable resources in Europe, including sun, wind, tide, wave, geothermal and biomass – yet most of the energy that towns like Wadebridge use comes from far-off energy companies.
Since its creation in 2011 this co-operatively owned social enterprise has rapidly galvanised residents and businesses in the 8,000-strong market town to get involved in generating their own energy – and using it wisely. To date 6.5MW of renewable energy has been installed.
With one in ten people in Wadebridge now members of WREN and many small businesses installing renewable energy, the town provides a shining example of how people can take control of their energy, tackle climate change and save money to boot.