West Oxford Community Renewables, or WOCoRe, develops community-owned renewables in West Oxford. Since their inception 2009 the group has developed 220kWp of renewable energy projects, mainly solar PV with a small wind turbine, as well as developing a microhydro at Osney Lock, which was established as a new entity Osney Lock Hydro to deliver and manage the project.
WOCoRe projects are funded through investment by their members, and result in discounted electricity for the hosts and a modest interest payment for the members. Profits are then reinvested in local environmental projects to achieve further carbon cuts.
The group donate a large portion of their profits to Low Carbon West Oxford to support its work on the reducing the community’s carbon footprint. Their work includes promoting improved domestic energy efficiency and low carbon activity focused on food, transport, waste reduction, and wildlife projects.
They also supported the establishing the Hogacre Common Eco Park at the former Corpus Christi College sports ground. Hogacre has now split off into its own Community Interest Company, but WOCoRe remains responsible for the lease.