Bristol Community Hydro Scheme

One of the projects supported in our recent share offer is Bristol’s first-ever urban hydro-electric scheme, Bristol Community Hydro. This run-of-river twin-screw scheme is to be sited at Netham Weir on the river Avon. It is expected to generate around 900,000 kwh of renewable electricity annually (the equivalent usage of more than 250 average homes, or enough to drive an electric car between Bristol and Bath more than 200,000 times!) and will have a working life of over 40 years.

The project is receiving up to £1,153,539 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, and is being managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, the local community and create jobs.

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Projects overview

BEC has 13 rooftop solar installations across the Bristol region and two ground-mounted solar farms – one in Lawrence Weston in Bristol and one in Somerset. In addition we have a grid-servicing battery installed on a new-build housing development.

The annual output from our solar portfolio is currently: 9,436 MWh (Megawatt Hours). That’s enough to power over 3000 average homes.

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