UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS
Library of key documents
This page is for Westmill Solar Co-operative's 1,500+ members, who all invested shares in the society. It provides up-to-date information from board meetings and also acts as a library of key documents.
The 2016 AGM took place on Saturday 21st May at Shrivenham Village Hall. This year, for the first time, we held our AGM on the same day as Westmill Wind Co-operative and feedback from members was that this was well received.
As well as the formal business of the two AGMs, we heard from Dirk Vansintjan, President of the European Federation of Renewable Energy Co-operatives, who leads a renewable energy co-operative which supplies energy to its members in his native Belgium. Hear Dirk’s inspirational talk (on vimeo). There was also be the opportunity to meet a range of other ethical organisations who work with Westmill Solar and Westmill Wind – and even a couple of local owners of electric cars.
On the day we took the opportunity to create this short three minute video (on vimeo) to capture what it means to be part of a community energy co-operative. Please share widely to spread the news of how co-operatives make change happen.
Governance & Share Offer Documents
The co-operative is governed in a very democratic way with each member having one vote, irrespective of the size of their shareholding. The majority of shareholders invested between £250 and £20,000 for A-shares under the public share offer. In order to comply with the law applicable at the time, those members who invested more than £20,000 were issued with a separate class of B-shares (which had slightly more limited rights than the A-shares) but following a change to the law in 2014, all the remaining B-shares were converted to A-shares in October 2015.