Do you live in the Bishop Sutton area of NE Somerset?

And/or do you know anyone else who does?

If so, please read on….

Wouldn’t it be good if you could buy your electricity direct from clean locally generated renewable sources at an affordable price?

Current legislation doesn’t allow you to do this, but BWCE’s Flex Community research project is keen to demonstrate how this could work in readiness for anticipated policy changes.

BWCE are working in partnership with Avalon Community Energy (ACE) to deliver Flex Community™, the UK element of the EU funded ReDREAM research project, exploring ways to make the most efficient use of renewable energy.

We are looking for households within the vicinity of our solar array at Stowey Farm, in particular the area around, and including, Bishop Sutton.

If you live in this area and do not have solar panels installed, would you like to be able to ‘purchase’* locally produced clean energy from our Stowey Farm solar array? This would involve some changes to the times when you consume electricity to better match when our solar array is generating. This is called ‘flexibility’. To enable you to participate in the research we will need to install a free small smart device close to your fuse board and you will need to download the project smart phone app. This will not impact your current electricity supply arrangements and you do not need a smart meter to be able to participate.

*As this is a research project, the trading is simulated, but it is based on real pv generation and household consumption data.

As this is a simulation, participating households will not have to pay for ‘buying’ the electricity from our solar array. BWCE will however, make a ‘flex payment’ to those households who do participate, with a minimum of £50 for the full year, with the potential to earn up to £100, depending on the amount of flexibility you offer; Terms and Conditions apply.

Your involvement could lead to a significant step forward in the trading of locally generated renewables.

We are running a series of online information sessions:

Tues 20th September at 7.30pm
Thurs 22nd September at 2pm
Tues 27th September at 2pm
Weds 28th September at 7.30pm

To find out more and book onto an information session call Julia on  07784 144439 or email [email protected]

Please note:

This is a different project to the workshop being run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) in Bishop Sutton Village Hall on 27th September to explore the potential for new renewables.