About Us

In 2010 a group of individuals passionate about renewable energy formed MaidEnergy, with the intention of cutting carbon emissions and enabling community ownership of locally generated renewable energy.

We launched our first renewable electricity generating community Solar Photovoltaic (PV) share offer in 2015.  Since then people have demonstrated their faith in us by investing £453,510. Their investment have funded seven Solar PV installations totalling 384kW.

These installations have brought low carbon, lower priced renewable energy to public organisations and saw 120 local and national investors join a movement of ethical and financially rewarding community ownership which is being successfully replicated across the UK.

Our ambition is to make the future renewable, and next year we are making our first investment in renewable heat, supplying a Ground Source Heat Pump to Thames Valley Athletics Centre and replacing eight gas boilers. We also want to provide a development fund to enable MaidEnergy to carry out feasibility studies and rapidly develop new projects.  This will form part of the decarbonisation of our society that is needed in the 2020’s, and beyond. 

Investing in this share offer means that you join a community of people taking positive action to tackle climate change fairly.  Your investment, no matter how large or small, makes a real difference.
THE MAIDENERGY APPROACH
MaidEnergy is a renewable energy Society, created to tackle the climate crisis and support the growth of locally generated and locally owned renewable energy in Maidenhead, Windsor, Egham, Staines and the surrounding area.  We are a community business, democratically run, with an asset lock to preserve the solar panels or other energy generation infrastructure for the benefit of the community.

MaidEnergy works by:
  • Finding community buildings that are interested in cutting carbon emissions
  • Raising community finance from people in the local area and throughout the UK, through the issuing and managing of community share schemes, to fund installations
  • Providing all relevant legal documents and arranging grid export capability
  • Managing the installation and all ongoing maintenance
  • Working with sites to maximize financial, environmental, and community benefit
The school and community building sites we have identified will benefit from a long-term secure renewable energy supply, at a fixed low cost.  They are also be granted shares in MaidEnergy and benefit from any surplus generated by the business. 

To date, MaidEnergy has run four community share offers which have raised £453k from 120 investors

Structure

MaidEnergy is an independent community business, democratically run, with an asset lock in place.  The Society is registered with and reports to the FCA (30926R).  The solar installations are owned and managed by MaidEnergy.
 
Directors
The rules of MaidEnergy stipulate the society shall have a Board of at least three Directors.  The current Directors are:
  • Leah Robson (Chair): A former management consultant, Leah is now the co-owner of the social enterprise Your Energy Your Way. In this role she takes charge of business development, customer service and project management of the business’ renewable energy projects, a specific focus area of the company is in providing opportunities for women in the Construction sector.
     
  • Michael Beaven: Michael’s background is managing finances and fundraising for voluntary sector organisations, and he has been a Fellow Member of the Association of Accountancy Technicians (FMAAT) for 25 years.  He is co-director of Our Community Enterprise CIC, a social enterprise which has helped to raise millions of pounds for the benefit of RBWM residents and other third sector and public organisations.  Michael is a licenced Community Shares Practitioner.
  • Rachel Child : Rachel has been working in the climate change and renewable energy sectors for over 15 years.  She has worked with project developers internationally to access finance from donor funds and the sale of carbon credits to develop clean energy projects.  More recently, she worked for an energy storage start-up and is currently working with a UK-based fund investing in infrastructure in emerging economies, helping them align their portfolio to Paris Agreement commitments.  She lives in Maidenhead and is keen to help develop further clean energy projects locally.
     
  • Ian Coggan: Ian is a Chartered Electrical Engineer working in the Oil & Gas Sector delivering Major Projects for the last decade, working as a Lead Commissioning Engineer for the last 3 years. He has a passion for the development of sustainable solutions to the challenges the world faces, with institutions like MaidEnergy playing a key role. Ian has been a volunteer and investor in MaidEnergy since the start, helping to run the FB Page to communicate with potential Members. A resident of Staines but originally from Manchester; the birthplace of Coops.  
     
  • Chris Gray: Chris trained as a Chartered Accountant and for 34 years worked for an American multi-national in a wide range of finance positions including both CFO and technical accounting roles across industries as varied as aircraft engines to wind turbines. His highest achievement was to stand at the top of an 85m high wind turbine on the coast of Norway!

    On ending full-time employment he studied for an MSc in Sustainability and Management at Royal Holloway. He now intends spending this next period of life involved in matters of conservation, social justice and environmental responsibility, providing financial experience plus enthusiasm to make a contribution to society.
     
  • Nicola Davidson:Nicola has worked in the public and community development sector for over fifteen years; as co-director of Our Community Enterprise CIC and a member of the Institute of Fundraising, she leads on project development and fundraising.  Nicola has a degree in Rural Resource Management and during the early part of her career worked in a number of technical roles within the Environment Agency including air, land and water pollution protection.
     
  • Ben Niblett: Ben has been campaigning on climate change and international development with the charity Tearfund since 2005, leading a team of 20. He's also worked as an MP's researcher and a campaigner and fundraiser for Jubilee 2000, International Service and the RNIB.  His most satisfying campaigns have been on the UK Climate Change Act, the Paris Agreement and the EU Transparency Directive. He chairs the Diocese of Guildford's environment group. He lives in Egham and got involved in MaidEnergy to tackle climate change locally.
     
  • Richard Taylor : Richard has spent over 20 years working in digital technology, including directorships in world class organisations in Pharmaceutical and Programme Management sectors.

    He spent the early part of his career working with start-ups in various sectors, including health, finance and technology.  He is currently CIO of a Biotech firm, Managing Director of his own consultancy and a volunteer for the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.

    Richard has invested in Solar since 2011 and has a keen interest in environmental issues, nature and consumer ethics.
     
  • Sean Walters: Following a career path split between working in Mining and Oil exploration as a Surveyor and Commercial Aviation as an Airline Captain, Sean is well aware of the vagaries of commodity and energy prices.   In semi-retirement he pursues a more sustainable lifestyle, and is keen to promote the connection between renewable energy, electric vehicles and electricity storage possibilities.

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MaidEnergy
MaidEnergy is a Community Benefit Society, Reg 30926R.