Bristol to capitalise on solar power


Ambitious plans to make Bristol the first solar capital city in the UK will be revealed by the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, on Friday 21st June at the launch of a unique three day solar city event.  Bristol Solar City, the group behind the project, is aiming to install 1GW solar photovoltaic panels by 2020 making Bristol the UK capital for solar power.

The three day celebration of solar energy forms part of the wider Big Green Week festival and will feature a ‘Solar Pavilion’ on College Green.  The pavilion will be a creative, inspiring and informative space for businesses, home-owners and community groups to learn more about solar energy and the Bristol Solar City initiative, as well as the practical steps we can all take towards improving energy efficiency and sustainability. The pavilion will include a solar powered stage for talks and music, as well as the Solar Hub exhibition and workshop space.

Commenting on the initiative, James Lancaster, Chair of Bristol Solar City, said, “While this may seem an ambitious task Bristol is well placed to meet the challenge. Bristol has shown itself to be a leader in sustainability and renewable technologies; we’ve been in the top five of the UK’s Greenest Cities for the last six years and are shortlisted to be European Green Capital 2015. Bristol is also the sunniest of the UK’s major cities, we have a reputation for making things happen in our communities.”

Kerry Burns, founder of Bristol Solar City added, “As energy prices continue to rise, generating our own clean green energy would provide energy security and economic stability as a city, as well as helping to reduce the bills for homes and businesses across the region. It would also reduce our collective carbon emissions by460,000 tonnes each year, create local jobs and develop businesses in the region and provide a lasting legacy for generations to come.”

The Solar City event starts on Friday 21st June with a business focussed day with presentations from Bristol City Council, Bristol Energy Network, The National Solar Centre and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.  It includes a ticketed business lunch hosted by Low Carbon South West where guests can network and find out more about the project.  Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June will be focussed on community groups and families respectively with talks including community energy cooperatives, DIY solar and energy efficiency. Throughout the three days is a solar hub exhibition featuring the latest in solar photovoltaic technology, installations and local suppliers.

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