Cwm Arian (Silver Valley) is a rural area located where North Pembrokeshire, South Ceredigion and West Carmarthenshire meet and is characterised by small settlements and a dispersed population with a relatively high percentage of Welsh speakers. The name Cwm Arian was adopted to represent the area when

local development organisation PLANED carried out community action planning to find out what local peoples' 10 year vision was of their neighbourhood, taking into account human resources, natural assets, culture, language and heritage (there are old silver mines in the village of Llanfyrnach, hence the name!).


The action planning process created a community association, Cymdeithas Cwm Arian, which represented all the active community groups in the area. Amongst other things, the need for support for groups wishing to develop community energy projects was identified, and so Cwm Arian Renewable Energy was founded. We subsequently constituted CARE as a community co-operative in 2011, registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts, with the support of the Welsh Government Ynni'r Fro programme.

All of CARE's assets are subject to a restriction on their use (an asset lock) ‘for the purpose that is for the benefit of the community’. To see more about our finances you can view our annual accounts here.

CARE operates a democratic committee of volunteers who make shared decisions, and we are driven by our constitution to:

  • establish a low carbon economy within Cwm Arian and its surrounding area

  • invest benefits within the locality

  • prevent or relieve poverty

  • subject our processes to evaluation so that our developments can be replicated elsewhere


We are working in and beyond the Cwm Arian area to achieve those aims through education, awareness raising, renewable energy generation, provision of advice and support, and by establishing examples of villages, community groups, buildings and activities which show how healthy, happy and inclusive a low carbon lifestyle can be.