The renewables revolution comes to Lawrence Weston with Bristol Energy Co-op solar switch-on

Bristol Energy Cooperative’s (BEC) new solar farm in Lawrence Weston has been switched on and is generating electricity. This makes BEC the biggest community energy company in the UK by capacity. The solar farm, built by Solarcentury, will power the equivalent of 1,000 homes. The solar farm and accompanying community fund will help bring a boost to the area.

Solar panels have also been installed on Coniston Community Centre, Patchway.

There’s still time to invest in BEC’s bond offer – but only just! Deadline is Thursday 30 June. Visit the BEC website for more info.

Bristol Community Energy Fund open for applications

The Bristol Community Energy Fund is open for application again. This second round of grant funding will run until Monday 8 August 2016. The grant programme supports activities with one of the following aims: To support local people to reduce their energy use (e.g. their use of electricity or gas) To support local people in moving toward cleaner renewable sources of energy To support local people to take measures that ensure they can afford to meet their energy needs The grant programme can support all costs relating to your project or activity, including: core costs (e.g. staff, office costs), project…

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BEN at Festival of Nature

We had a great weekend at the Festival of Nature. The light bulb challenge went down well with the kids especially, and lots of interest in thermal imaging (from the CHEESE project – Cold Homes Energy Efficiency Survey Experts) and the Bristol Energy Co-operative. Here are a few photos.

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Putting Communities at the Heart of Bristol’s Energy System


18.30 July 6, 2016

Bristol Energy Network’s July open event is taking place in Lockleaze. This is a great opportunity to find out about local projects from RADE (Residents Against Dirty Energy), South Lockleaze Library, Community Land Trust, BUZZ and Jackie Ahluwahlia, and to explore ways we can collaborate and support each other.


6:30 – Arrival. Food & drinks

7:00 – 7:15 Welcome and updates from BEN staff

7:15 – 8:00 Guests from local organisations

8:00 – 9:00 Local groups talking through what they do and ideas on applying for the fund and match-making

Energy justice focus group & funding support for energy projects

St Pauls Learning & Family Centre - 94 Grosvenor Road, Bristol, BS2 8XJ

10.30 June 29, 2016

Come along to this event to take part in a friendly but provocative discussion about social justice in the community energy field in Bristol and to get support to apply to the Bristol Community Energy Fund. You are welcome to attend both or either one of the sessions.


10:30 – 12:00 focus group ‘Energy Justice and Community Renewables in Bristol’

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 13:30 Funding surgery

Owen Square Community Energy launch

Owen Square, Easton

11.00 June 18, 2016
With funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Owen Square Community Energy, has installed a new Energy Centre, the first of its kind in the UK, with air source heat pumps to store summer heat in the ground for use in winter. Join them for the official launch picnic – with tasty food, good music, stalls, a photo exhibition and an energy trail (with prizes).