Please join us at Hamilton House for a Free Lunch on Wednesday 12th at 12 to celebrate Two Years of Bristol Power and Solar Revolution, The End of the Mayan Calendar, Bristol’s Independence, and our Community Share Offer. Dress:- Mayan / Olmec (Toltec or Aztec at a pinch), Red Trousers, or End of The World Casual.
Please use this EventBrite booking form to sign up so we know the numbers – if your are not on the list, you don’t get food. Food will be served from 12:00–1:00, then coffee/tea with a flurry of 5 minute presentations on Bristol Power progress, share offer and future plans from 1:00–2:00. Places limited to 100, so sign up right away…
More details below, in a review of two years of progress, and our hopes and plans for Bristol for the next three years.
We hope to see you there next Wednesday…
David and the Bristol Power Team
Bristol Power Links:- Share Offer Event – End of World Lunch 12:12 12.12.12
A Taste Of Life After 12.12.12 – Five Years in Six Paragraphs
At the start of 2011, the UK had just 70Mw of solar PV panels, which cost £5,000/Kw or more, and there was no Feed in Tariff. By the end of 2011, Feed in Tariffs had arrived, Bristol Power CIC had put Bristol’s biggest solar array on Hamilton House – 40Kw – beating the previous biggest, 27Kw on George Ferguson’s Tobacco Factory. Solar panel prices had halved to £2,500/Kw, the FiTs had also halved, and the UK had installed almost 1 Gw of Solar Panels during the Feed in Frenzy.
During 2012, Bristol City Council launched its Solar map showing room for 700Mw of solar PV on the City’s roofs, and Bristol Power launched its community Streets of Solar project in Lockleaze – to test the appetite for community solar to lower fuel bills, create local green jobs, and be good for the environment. In July BASIC (Bristol Area Solar Installer Co-op) placed 39Kw of ‘free solar’ on the roofs of 13 homes in Lockleaze, proving the concept, at a price of £1800/Kw. Bristol Power Co-op was formed to look after what is hoped will be the increasingly large and accelerating pool of rooftop solar, and to insulate and provide cheap energy for Bristol homes.
By the End of the Year, Bristol was the UK’s first Independent City, lovingly Mayored by George the First, and £5,000 would get you nearly 4 full Kilowatts of Solar PV. At Which Point we pause for a free lunch and share offer, and to celebrate Bristols independence, as the Mayan Calendar comes to an end. If it means the end of the world, you can’t take it with you, and it’s best left in Bristol Power’s Community Share Issue earning 6% interest for 20 years (?!). The first £150K will transfer existing solar arrays from Bristol Power CIC and BASIC into the newly formed Bristol Power Co-op (and gets SEIS tax credits!). The next £100K goes to develop new projects.
IN 2013 there will be many days when Germany, with over a third of the world’s solar energy and a huge wind fleet, doesn’t need any fossil or nuclear energy, for more and more daylight hours. The first such day was in May 2012 when they got 22Gw of solar power (and 27Gw of wind). At the start of 2013 they have 31Gw – 40Gw by yearend? Metro Bristol has room for 2Gw of Solar PV, which will generate most of Bristol’s daytime electricity, worth £250m/year, for an install price just south of £2Bn. Bristol Power will develop seed projects in 2013 for 200-400 solar PV homes in each of several Bristol neighbourhood partnership areas – to get the ball rolling.
During 2014 new technology will drive solar energy yields up, and the price of solar even further below the cost of fossil energy, making nuclear fully uneconomic, and fracking and FiTs irrelevant. The Moore’s Law growth curve means storage systems and smart grids will start to arrive which balance power between day and night, and reduce energy need and use. If solar keeps growing at only 50-60% per year (as it did for 20 years when it cost more than fossil energy), it will generate more energy than humanity uses, before 2024. Our government aims for 30% renewables by 2020 – by end 2014 it should be clear we get that, and more, from the sun.
In 2015 it will be third time lucky, and rather than having been shortlisted again, Bristol with be European Green Capital 2015. By then we should have A LOT of solar energy, and a free trade university teaching new energy technology, plus all the other skills for creating Sustainable Cities and bioregions. We will also have realised that the solar dividend will completely pay for the usual massive cost overruns on Bristol’s by-then-planned underground railway, THE WAVE – seed funded initially by the £1Bn from the government via the Local Enterprise Zone. Does this sound a bit over the top? … Well, so was ‘4Kw of solar for just £5K’ less than 2 years ago.
The rest of the decade will be a hoot as Bristol RIDES THE WAVE – the new, green, local solar economy – with lots of affordable solar self-build co-housing, plentiful fresh healthy local grown food, free green university education, cheap public transport. Bristol will partner with Germany to help the rest of the world get up to speed. And THE BRISTOL ACCORD will be revived and restored as the integrated way to bring cities and their bioregions together to build our sustainable communities.