WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED

How much electricity do our solar projects generate?

  • BEC’s annual electricity output is currently 9,436 MWh (Megawatt Hours). That’s enough to power over 3000 average homes.
  • Our rooftop solar sites contribute 545 MWh.
  • Our solar farm in Somerset contributes 4,572 MWh.
  • Our solar farm in Lawrence Weston contributes 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. In 2019 renewable generation hit a new record, generating 37.1% of the UK’s electricity throughout the year. This was up from 33.1% in 2018, according to figures released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Since 2004 there has been a tenfold increase in renewable generation in the UK.

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 share 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 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.

 
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