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The Green Valleys

About us

The Green Valleys (Wales) is a multi-award winning Community Interest Company based in the Brecon Beacons, Wales. We inspire and support communities to generate sustainable social, economic and environmental benefits through transition to a low carbon emission future.

Climate change is the biggest challenge we face. By working together we can find solutions that benefit our communities for generations to come. Since 2009 we have worked alongside numerous communities, supporting successful projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency and biodiversity improvements. Contact us if you think we can help your community.

Our Projects

  • ECCO – Energy Community Cooperatives Energy Community Cooperatives create huge opportunities for citizens and communities to benefit directly from combating climate change. Renewable energy projects developed by local people put communities in control of alternative, changing energy systems. The ECCO project supports the development of new energy cooperatives in Wales and aims to create tools and processes to accelerate the development and capacity of the sector. It is funded by Interreg North West Europe and the Welsh Government.

  • Energy Local Energy Local is an initiative that is transforming the electricity market for communities and small-scale renewable generators. Its mission is to help communities get more value from small-scale renewable generation by using the electricity locally.

  • Hydro system design and advisory service We have developed over 50 hydropower projects across Wales. These range from the smallest scale through to large projects in complex environments. We provide a range of services from initial assessments and feasibility studies, through to securing all licences and managing construction projects. Our satisfied clients include homeowners, farmers, government agencies and registered charities.

  • Skyline Project Skyline is a feasibility study that is looking at the possibility of communities managing the landscape that surrounds their town or village. It explores the idea of what would happen if we handed to local people the means to shape their own environment? What might a community choose to do with the land if it could plan not for the three years of a Lottery grant but for three generations? Create jobs from forestry? Support small-holdings or food projects? Improve public access? Support wildlife?

Woodlands We have supported the development of numerous community woodland groups. Active management by local people improves woodland habitats, generates wood fuel and other products and provides an activity that supports physical and mental health, social interaction, learning and enjoyment.

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