Our biggest rooftop solar array yet

In Autumn this year we’re installing what’s believed to be the UK’s largest community-owned solar rooftop. The 1MW array will cover the new Bottle Yard Studios site, named TBY2, best known for TV productions The Outlaws, Chloe and Show Trial.


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September 28, 2022

Community energy vs commercial developers

More clean, renewable energy. We’re all sold on that idea. It’ll give us energy security, cut volatile bills and lower carbon emissions.  But there are different […]
September 28, 2022

How has the energy crisis impacted our community energy coop?

A few members and supporters have been in touch asking how the energy crisis has impacted the coop. In this quick Q&A we cover some of […]
July 25, 2022

Energy efficiency a key theme in Megawatt fund 2022

Energy efficiency was the key theme in this year’s Megawatt Community Energy Fund. We set up the fund in 2017 to help groups in and around […]
July 13, 2022

Four times more solar at Bristol Beacon

Bristol’s music scene is about to get a green boost! Later this year, we’ll be putting 348 solar panels on the rooftop of the iconic Bristol […]
July 4, 2022

Thanks to all our investors!

Our eighth share offer closed this week, and wow, what an achievement. Over the course of six months, 478 people came together to raise a staggering […]
June 23, 2022

Going big at Bottle Yard Studios

We’re hopping about with excitement that we can finally unveil our latest project – a massive 1MW solar array on the new Bottle Yard film studios. […]
May 24, 2022

A pathway out of the energy crisis

The words “energy” and “crisis” are almost joined at the hip these days. It is a crisis with many ugly heads – affordability of energy bills […]
May 10, 2022

Q&A with our newest member: The Cooperative Press

The Cooperative Press has taken the bold and positive step of investing in the Bristol Energy Cooperative. The £5000 investment will help develop an array of […]
May 3, 2022

Megawatt Community Energy Fund opens for a fifth time

Now, more than ever, communities need support to tackle the two big issues of the moment; carbon reduction and fuel poverty. The Megawatt Community Energy Fund […]
April 30, 2022

We’re hiring again!

Could you be our new administrator? This part-time role is a perfect fit for an all-round coordinator or administrator looking to work in our purpose-led company. […]
March 31, 2022

Share offer extended – and we’re doubling our target!

We launched our eighth share offer on 23rd December 2021, aiming to raise £1million in 3 months. Now we’re doubling that target! By the end of […]
March 16, 2022

Weston-super-Mare going green with “Curry and Conversation” workshops

They say the way to one’s heart is through their stomach. This might explain the brilliant success of the Curry and Conversation workshops set up by […]
March 10, 2022

10 years of solar generation at Hamilton House

Hamilton House was BEC’s first ever solar rooftop project, installed in July 2011. 10 years on, we visited this thriving community hub in the heart of […]
March 8, 2022

4 fantastic women working in community energy

International Women’s Day provides an important moment to celebrate the fantastic women working in community energy. Diversity within the sustainability industry has been described as “shocking”, […]
February 21, 2022

Powering new homes with smart microgrids

Increasingly, we hear about smart* technologies in our homes, for heating, lighting, and even food ordering. These technologies can bring convenience and a personalised experience. In […]
January 24, 2022

Insulate your home the smart way, with C.H.E.E.S.E

We all know that insulating our homes is an important way of saving energy and bills. The gas price hike is making the case even stronger […]
December 20, 2021

Why people are choosing to donate their Winter Fuel Payment

Charities and community groups across the UK have been making a request this winter: please donate your Winter Fuel Payment. “Heat or Eat dilemma” The charity […]
December 2, 2021

7 benefits of small-scale hydropower in the city

Hydropower is one of the oldest power sources on the planet. The concept of harnessing energy from flowing water as it spins through a wheel or turbine […]


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