Time is running out to join Bristol Energy Cooperative’s solar crowdfund

The final countdown is on to join BEC’s solar crowdfund. This community energy share offer with up to 5% pa returns on investments of between £50 and £100,000 closes on Sunday 31 July 2016. BEC is raising funds to install solar panels on community buildings across Greater Bristol, such as The Architecture Centre. Christine, Manager at the Centre said: “This is a fantastic scheme that really exemplifies the potential of the ‘triple bottom line’ approach – bringing social, environmental and financial benefits. Investing in this scheme will enable small charities and community organisations like us to invest in something we…

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BEN event: Putting Communities at the Heart of Bristol’s Energy System

The July Bristol Energy Network event took place at the Old Library, Lockleaze. Around 30 people attended to find out more about local energy and environmental issues and projects. Local mum Karen talked about the successful campaign against the diesel generators that were planned for behind a school, and Stuart from Residents Against Dirty Energy filled us in on other diesel generator plans affecting other areas. Emily from the Old Library talked through the history of the library and their plans now it has been taken on as a Community Asset Transfer, including making the building energy efficient. Neil from…

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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.


Energy saving workshops in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland

Venue TBC

19.00 October 4, 2016

Venue TBC 19.00 October 4, 2016  Fed up with a cold, draughty home? Want to save energy and master practical issues like managing bills, controlling heating, choosing appliances in time for winter? Don’t know where to start an energy saving project that will meet your needs? Come to a taster session to explore how our Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Energy Group short, informal course can help you start saving energy right away. We’re working with MakeyourhomeEco, a local educational initiative that has developed the course for both home owners and tenants to puts you in control of energy use at…

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TransitionLab: Biomass Debate

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY

18.30 July 28, 2016

Bristol Energy Co-op are hosting a debate on the role Biomass could play in our energy system as part of their TransitionLab series of events.

The panel will include

Light snacks will be served promptly at 8pm. Please let them know if you have any dietary requirements when you sign up. Please consider making a £2 donation on the night to cover refreshments.

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