BABE is a community renewable energy society which is helping to reduce Brampton’s carbon footprint by developing renewable energy projects

BABE is creating a more resilient, prosperous and sustainable community for the benefit of future generations.

Brampton and Beyond Energy. Our mission is to generate income from renewable energy projects for community benefit.           

Community Engagement

BABE aspires to be an organisation that is open and transparent at all times and responsive to local opinion. Community engagement lies at the heart of everything we do and BABE has created an email database to enable those with an interest to be kept informed. Regular announcements are made on Radio Cumbria and articles published in The Cumberland News. Occasional public events are organised to encourage discussion and gain feedback on results from studies and surveys. A BABE notice board in the Brampton Community Centre provides a useful source of information for those without access to the internet. There will continue to be a strong emphasis on community engagement throughout the life of the project to demonstrate that there is substantial support for specific renewable energy projects.

Anyone wishing to be added to the BABE support group mailing list is invited to contact us.

The Energy Plan

There are 5 parts to BABE’s long term energy plan:

  • The first part is to encourage the adoption of energy saving measures through insulation and energy saving.
  • The second part is to create a community led large scale renewable energy project for example an anaerobic digestion plant to provide a continuous supply of heat and power locally.
  • The third strand is to support the desire of householders to generate their own power at a domestic level.
  • The fourth element will be to form a local energy supply and distribution company within the next 5 years.
  • The final part of the energy plan will be to build on this foundation to enable the Brampton area to become a net exporter of electrical power over the next 20 years.

BABE's current priority is the development of a 500 kW anaerobic digester at Middle Farm, Brampton.

Raising Capital

BABE was formed as an Industrial and Provident Society (for Community Benefit) to enable it to raise a proportion of any capital required through a community share issue. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has pre-development funding for community renewable energy schemes which we have obtained. The anaerobic digester project will cost over £2M and there will be a need to borrow a proportion of the capital from suitable lenders. How we propose to raise the capital required will form part of the detailed business planning that will be required before a share prospectus can be published.

About Us

Brampton and Beyond Energy Ltd (BABE) is a not-for-profit community benefit society. BABE’s main business aim is to build and operate an AD plant, generating income from the sale of electricity, heat and digestate, a proportion of which would be returned to the community.


Contact Us

016977 48833

Brampton Community Centre, Union Lane,
Brampton, Cumbria CA8 1BX

  • Website Last Modified: Wednesday 17 January 2018.

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