If you are a community organisation or community of residents who wants the benefits of solar PV for your building, we can work together to do it. We can also help you source advice & help on energy efficiency
Our first roofs
Our first project has been the installation of solar PV panels on the roofs of community buildings. We raised the money to do this via a community share offer.
- We receive payments for the electricity generated through the government Feed in Tariff scheme.
- The building users benefit from free/subsidised green energy.
- Our investors receive a yearly interest payment.
Estimated Annual Energy: 14,145kWh
We partnered with installer Ethical Solar to install 20kW of solar PV on the roof of Hamilton House in Stokes Croft. This is a vibrant community hub ‘where art, music, enterprise and innovation cluster as a community rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow’.
The system consists of 85 x 230Watt Innotech panels and two 3 phase inverters. The total system size is 19.55kW.
It was installed by Ethical Solar
Knowle West Media Centre
Estimated Annual Energy: 20,570kWh
Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is based in South Bristol and supports individuals and communities to get the most out of digital technologies, music, media and the arts. The 25kW solar PV array was installed in July 2012. This site is also participating in a battery storage and DC system trial with Western Power Distribution.
The system consists of 104 x 240Watt Innotech panels and one inverter. The total system size is 24.96kW.
It was installed by Ecocetera
Easton Community Centre
Estimated Annual Energy: 13,752kW
The Easton Energy Group carried out an energy efficiency survey for the Easton Community Centre a few years ago, so we were really pleased to be invited to work with them to install solar PV on the roof of the community centre. The Community Centre hosts a range of activities for the local community, including dance, yoga and singing, foodcycle community meals, In the Mix cafe, the Asian Day Centre, Single Parents Action Network.
The system consists of 72 x 250Watt Suntech panels and three inverters. The total system size is 18kW
It was installed by 1 World Solar
If you know of a roof that may be suitable and may want our support getting solar PV installed, please get in touch.
How it works
The PV systems will be owned and maintained by the Cooperative for a period of 20 years, and energy generated by the panels will be available for the buildings to use, potentially for a service charge. After that point, ownership of the panels will pass to the building, who will own the panels installed and will be able to continue benefiting from the free energy. We also encourage roof owners and the communities they serve to buy shares themselves and get involved in Bristol Energy Cooperative, receiving the financial benefit as well.
If you’re wondering if your building might be suitable, you can do a quick self-assessment survey which you send back to us, and we’ll taker things from there.
Download the self-assessment survey
Download the guidance notes for the survey