Community Solar 2020 aims for a big power surge!

Thanks to our Solar Roof Spotters we have had over 100 enquiries to Community Solar 2020 and we are currently discussing a number of viable projects with local businesses and educational establishments. If all the potential sites reach completion we would see a boost in BWCE solar generating capacity of up to 2MW from roofs with a further 1.25MW from ground mounted arrays. This could generate enough electricity to match the annual demand from another 1,000 homes, a substantial addition to our existing capacity of 12.35MW. Though no doubt some roofs will fall by the wayside as we do further development work, hopefully they will be replaced by others.

We are still open to new suggestions so if you have contact with interested site owners please ask them to check out our FAQs and complete our Expression of Interest form. We are testing virtual site surveys so we can still make progress during the shutdown.

Also, if you want to help us fund the new community solar projects by investing in BWCE (over £420,000 raised so far) please go to our Invest page.

Are you planning to install a heat pump or an EV charging point?

Our Next Generation funded Flex Community project aims to combine home energy assets with smart technology designed by Stemy Energy to better balance demand and supply on the electricity grid and increase the potential for renewable energy installation.



We want to hear from people who are planning to install (or have already installed) heat pumps and/or electrical vehicle charging points and who might want to be part of this ground-breaking project.For more details check out our Flex Community webpage and Register your interest in Flex Community

Your chance to support renewable friendly planning policies

80% of the population support onshore wind so why are there so few wind turbines in Bath & North East Somerset?
Why don’t more houses have solar panels?
How can we make planning policy more supportive of renewable energy?

With these questions in mind it is good to see that B&NES Council are aiming to update their Local Plan and associated planning policies, to bring them in line with their Climate Emergency declaration. A consultation on the proposals is currently open until 1st June and we urge all BWCE supporters to respond to support policies more in favour of renewable energy. For more details check out our short briefing on the consultation.