Residents To Own Their Energy

Solar On Our Roofs
Community energy group Bristol Power Co-op is coming to Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill and is looking for local people who want to save money on their electricity bills. Solar panels are installed for free thanks to Bristol Power Co-op raising money from loans and community shares. When residents enter their roof in the scheme they become a Co-op member, and part-own the energy generated by the solar panels in the scheme. Homes in Lockleaze have already benefited from the scheme. Resident Sarah Cole said: “We couldn’t believe how much solar has saved on our electric bill. It was installed in August, and, three months later, we got £136 paid back by our electricity company.” 

 
Installation is paid for by money raised from loans and community shares and, in addition, the Co-op cuts costs by installing one street at a time. You pay nothing but get the benefit of cheaper electricity bills. Any profit from the project is kept within the Co-op and used as agreed by members.
 
Lockleaze residents were interviewed about life with solar one year on from having solar panels fitted by Bristol Power Co-op. One couple said neighbours who did not sign up to the scheme because they could not believe you can get something for nothing were “all are regretting it.”  Another commented: “the bills go down.”  Watch the video http://youtu.be/o6pu1kBRsWE
 

To find out more call 0117 214 0246, email ask@bristolpower.coop and/or come along to the following local events. As part of Bristol Power Co-op Streets of Solar week there will be a stall and display in the café at The Inns Court Centre from Monday 24th February to Friday 7th March. On Wednesday 12th March from 1-1.45 pm there will be nibbles, refreshments and a presentation in the café, followed by a question and answer session. There will also be an event at Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue on Thursday 27 February from 5.30 – 8.30 pm.

By Elisabeth Winkler