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.


Discussion: Health Inequalities and Climate Change

Triodos Bank, Deanery Road, Bristol BS1 5AS

18.30 October 18, 2016

An event as part of Bristol Healthy City Week.

People on low incomes often use the least energy and are therefore the least responsible for climate change. However, they often pay more for their energy than others and may need to use more energy to heat their homes sufficiently to prevent poor health. How can we tackle climate change whilst also taking into account health inequalities and people’s different needs? Panel discussion.

Workshop: Warm Homes and Well-being

Barton Hill Settlement, Barton Hill, Bristol

11.30 October 15, 2016

An event held as part of Bristol Healthy City Week.

Cold, damp homes can cause or worsen health problems such as asthma, bronchitis, high blood pressure and depression. Measures like insulation and stopping draughts can help to keep your home warm and dry whilst also reducing your heating bills. Come to this workshop to learn and share practical skills to make your home a healthy one.

Bristol Energy Network open meeting

Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol, BS4 1NL

18.30 October 12, 2016

Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol, BS4 1NL 18.30 October 12, 2016Bristol Energy Network are working with Knowle West Media Centre for the October 2016 open meeting. During the meeting we’ll be hearing from two different communities that have been active involved in energy. Residents of Knowle West and Easton will share what they have learned about energy issues during the running of energy projects in their communities. In the second half of the meeting, we’ll all get the chance to join small groups to discuss what we’ve heard and explore ways to take ideas forward. There will be…

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