Big Solar Co-op


Author: noel

Introducing Andreea

Salut! My name is Andreea and I am working alongside Aaron as Intern for the Big Solar Co-op.

Having finished my Msc. in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology at Keele, I am looking forward to getting involved with people sharing a common view on the future of resource use and environmental protection. It is only when the focus starts to fall on community well-being and teamwork that big-scale changes can be made at a regional and national level in the light of sustainable development; a system that can be built on rather than remade by future generations. Such steps are being taken by groups like Sharenergy, who bring the choice of more diverse energy systems and provide fun opportunities for people like myself to grow and learn about this sector of activity!

I want to help and encourage awareness of renewables use and capacity, for the benefit of the members, community and their environment.

Introducing Aaron


I’m Aaron and I’m really excited to be one of the new Interns at the Big Solar Co-op.
I am currently studying a Masters’ degree in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology at Keele University. I study this because I am passionate about finding ways to make our planet a healthier, cleaner, and greener place for all to live in. This is why I am so excited to be working with other passionate individuals on a fantastic project to help bring green energy to communities in a post-subsidy economy for green energy.

These are very strange, yet serious times amid the Covid-19 outbreak. As a nation we are having to change and adapt how we live our lives and interact with one-another each and every day. Now is a time to stay resolute and come together to rebuild once this pandemic is over. The team here at the Big Solar Co-op are working hard to keep the project moving forwards and progressing so that when we are able to interact as normal again, we can all come together to bring about real change to benefit as many societies as possible.
I am really looking forward to learning from and working with stalwarts of community energy and assisting in any way I can.

Introducing Noël

Hi! I’m Noël Lambert, the new Coordinator (aka Project Officer) for the Big Solar Co-op and will be the main point of contact for the network across the UK as it grows.  

I have a background in community building, online systems configuration, digital strategy and technical communication. I also coordinate two local sustainability focussed community groups and am interested in food security, renewable energy and gift economy systems: 

The Ludlow Grassroots are a diverse collective of individuals interested in encouraging and enabling the local community to share resources. We provide support and information about things like local recycling facilities, repair cafes and zero waste options in the town and provoke conversation about broader environmental issues.

Incredible Edible Ludlow is a growing group of volunteers working on planting publicly harvestable fruit trees, herbs, vegetables, soft fruit and running seed/plant swap events and workshops.

I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with the Big Solar Co-op project and supporting the evolution of the post-subsidy community solar model ☀️ You can get in touch with me at and I’ll be keeping an eye on too. I’m also on LinkedIn if you would like to connect with me over there.

Watch this space…

Be there at the start

Big Solar Co-op: A new model for post-subsidy community solar.

Saturday 16 November, 13:30-16:30, Birmingham

We’re planning a small event for November to introduce the idea of the Big Solar Co-op and to hear from people who want to be involved – or who are intrigued by the idea and want to question, challenge and improve the concept. 

This event is open to all but is mainly aimed at people who represent existing or aspiring community solar groups. We will be holding more events in 2020 to grow our network further and to start working on specific solar sites.

For further details and to book a free place see Eventbrite. Be sure to get your free ticket by the 11th of November as space is limited!