Rooftop Solar

BWCE provides free solar panel installation for schools, businesses and other building owners who want to take practical climate action and reduce fuel bills.

Why Install Rooftop Solar Through BWCE

We raise the money, install the system for free, own and maintains it and sell the solar generated electricity to the building owner at a rate at least 10% to 30% cheaper than the grid. This helps the building owner to reduce carbon emissions, cut costs and avoid the hassle that comes with owning the solar system.

Surplus income is donated to the BWCE Fund providing, meaning that the building owner is also doing their bit to fund local environmental and fuel poverty projects.

How it Works

To qualify for free solar installation you need to be located in Bath & North East Somerset or in the parts of Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire that border B&NES (e.g. Bradford on Avon, Corsham, Trowbridge, Marshfield). Your building will need a 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. Crucially you will need to use a significant amount of power year round with a minimum of 6000 kWh each month during the summer.

Complete our Expression of Interest with as much detail as possible and one of our Rooftop Solar Team will assess your building to see if it would be suitable for our community funded model.

Register your interest

Want to Know More?

View our resources below for more information

Roof Spotters Guide (PDF)Our Renewable Projects MapRooftop Solar FAQs

Case Studies

Find out more about our solar rooftop projects and how they are making a difference to schools, businesses and other organisations