In 2013 a group of volunteers that had formed around the Basingstoke Transition Network and the Winchester Action of Climate Change were discussing the challenge of climate change.
More specifically they were concerned about the reliance of our local economy on cheap fossil fuels.
It was clear that we needed to find a way to make renewable energy more affordable and accessible for the whole population of our region. The group had diverse professional and social backgrounds and so our dialogue was well balanced and non-political. The rest as they say is history!
HREC has been fortunate to attract the support of many highly skilled and experienced individuals who have been prepared to give their time and effort as directors and advisors.
Members join our co-operative for a variety of reasons. Some are attracted primarily by the environment principals that underpin all our work, whereas others are interested in the potential to invest in ethically sound renewable energy projects.
Although wind power has been our main focus to date and there remain many opportunities in that sector, HREC is also working on small to medium sized projects in other technologies such as solar, hydro and anaerobic digestion.
We have only just scratched the surface of the potential for community ownership of renewables in the county and with the unfailing support of the members of our family of supporters we look forward to playing an increasing influential role for many years to come.
Today, HREC has a team of 9 Directors and 1 part time admin support.
We have 100 paid up members and a more than 3000 supporters*.