Why install community funded solar panels?

Take practical action to combat the climate emergency

Cut your electricity costs (by at least 10% vs the grid)

Get closer to your local community by joining Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE).

What is community funded solar?

  • Free solar panel installations for businesses, schools and community buildings
  • BWCE raises the money, installs the system, owns and maintains it
  • You get cheaper power from the solar (at least 10% cheaper than the grid) and slash your carbon emissions
  • Surplus income is donated to local community projects to reduce carbon emissions and address fuel poverty
  • Your organisation and your people get an opportunity to invest in BWCE and earn an annual return.

Which roofs might qualify?

  • Located in Bath & North East Somerset and parts of Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire that border B&NES (e.g. Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Trowbridge, Marshfield).  See our area of benefit map.
  • Southerly facing pitched roof in good condition (ideally 300 square metres – around the size of a tennis court) OR a shallow pitched roof which faces due East and West.
  • On a building that uses a significant amount of power year round with a minimum of 6000 units in the summer months.

Priority will be given to sites which do not require planning permission initially and sites which require it, such as listed buildings or flat roofs, may fall into later rounds of development.

Why choose BWCE?

As a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society our primary mission is not to make money but to reduce local carbon emissions through:

  • Increasing the amount of local renewable energy generation
  • Delivering projects to reduce the energy demand of local households, businesses and organisations.

Since being established in 2010 we have:

  • Installed renewable energy equivalent to the demand of 4,000 homes (including ground mounted solar arrays and solar pv on schools and community buildings)
  • Donated over £155,000 to local projects through our community fund.
  • Raised over £9 million through community shares and bonds.

If you would like your building to have community owned solar please read our FAQs and complete our expression of interest form.

If you are interested in helping BWCE to find roofs for the Community Solar 2020 project please check out our Roof Spotters Guide which provides lots of information to help you identify suitable sites.

For enquiries email [email protected] or call Alex Lockton on 07771 865115.

Download our Community Solar 2020 leaflet