Bristol Beacon

Location Central Bristol
Size of Installation 348 panels (127kWp)
Year of installation 2023
Bill saving/year No data yet


The transformation of Colston Hall into Bristol Beacon is the kind of positive story we all need right now. The historic landmark reopened in November 2023 after five years and a £130 million refurbishment. The venue, which is run by music charity the Bristol Music Trust, is expected to host around 800 events a year. Its new image reflects the changing values of the city itself: from associations with the slave trade to hopes for an equal and sustainable future, with community energy playing an important role. 

As well as providing a boost for the local economy, the trust hopes the Beacon will be the UK’s first carbon neutral music venue by 2030. Helping them reach their ambitious sustainability goals is building contractor Wilmott Dixon, a family run business which itself became carbon neutral in 2012. During the refurbishment, they invited Bristol Energy Cooperative to get involved. Thanks to BEC’s community-funded approach, they were able to install four times more solar than originally planned. The project will result in nearly 23 tonnes of CO2 saving.

BEC will sell the generated electricity to the music trust at a discounted rate then funnel the revenue back to its investors and into community benefit projects. In this way, enjoying a show or gig at the Beacon, audiences are not only endorsing Bristol’s journey to net zero, they are also helping the grassroots projects that help many of the city’s most vulnerable.

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