WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED
How much electricity do our solar projects generate?
- BEC's annual electricity output is currently 9,105 MWh (Megawatt Hours). That’s enough to power 2,220 average homes
- Our rooftop solar sites contribute 214 MWh
- Our solar farms in Somerset contribute 4,572 MWh
- Our solar farms in Lawrence Weston contribute 4,319 MWh
WHAT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE NATIONALLY?
To meet the Paris Climate Change Agreement, there need to be dramatic changes to how we power our lives and societies. Greenhouse gas emissions must drop 76% (from 500 MtC02e in 2015 to 120 MtCOe in 2050, and to near net zero). A recent paper from UCL suggested that we will not reach our goals towards the Paris Agreement without cutting emissions more rapidly.
However, progress is being made. 50% of energy in the UK came from low carbon sources in Q3 2016. And on one sunny Saturday in March 2017, a solar record was broken; the demand for energy during afternoon was lower than at night because the power from solar cut the demand so much. Furthermore in May 2017, solar power in the UK provided nearly a quarter of our electricity needs - taking the UK’s low carbon energy share up to 60%.
THE ENERGY REVOLUTION CONTINUES
The stakes of climate change could not be higher, and Bristol Energy Cooperative is proud to be playing a leading role in the clean energy revolution by campaigning, investing in cleaner energy to power local communities as well as looking at other solutions to lower carbon emissions.
After raising over £10 million in 2015-16 for ambitious solar projects, our latest bond offer is now live.
NEW SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS
We’ve proven that we can raise huge sums of investment from grassroots as well as corporate investment to make our projects happen. It is not just energy that poses climate change challenges. In terms of heat and transport targets to reduce CO2, the UK could miss crucial 2020 renewable heat and transport targets unless "major policy improvements" are rapidly enforced, according to the ECC (Energy and Climate Change Committee). So, why not use our expertise towards investigating new community-led transport models? Watch this space...
HOW MANY CUPS OF TEA COULD THE POWER MAKE FROM OUR SOLAR INSTALLATIONS MAKE?
How many solar installations do we have?
Where are they?
How many cups of tea could you boil with the electricity they produce?
Find out the answers at our interactive microsite. The pages here are under development, and over time we aim to present the data in other interesting ways. We welcome comments about what information you would like to see and how you would like it presented. Get in touch.