Bristol City Council has said that as much as £40 million could be invested in the city’s renewables capacity by 2027 as it bids to become carbon neutral by 2050. Yesterday the council launched an investment prospectus, entitled City Leap, outlining its search for external investment – up to £1 billion – to invest in Bristol’s energy infrastructure over the next decade. And while the lion share of investment is to be directed towards heat and transport, renewable electricity, and in particular solar, has been highlighted as an important investment destination. The prospectus references a study conducted in 2009 by the Centre for Sustainable Energy which identified the potential for more than 140MW of solar capacity in the city, split over installations on private housing (74MW), social housing (22MW) and commercial properties (46MW). A secondary study, compiled by The Energy Service, has reinforced the potential for installing solar on the council’s social housing, identifying potential for around 22.8MW of solar worth an estimated investment potential of £28 million.
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Solarcentury has won the highly sought-after reverse auction to install solar in London under the mayor’s flagship solar strategy. Solar Together London was launched in five London boroughs – Brent, Ealing, Kingston, Merton and Sutton – as part of the Mayor of London’s solar strategy first teased in August last year. The scheme was formally launched in March, inviting homeowners in those five boroughs to express their interest in installing solar. That pool of homes was then grouped together, and installers invited to tender for that work under a reverse auction designed to deliver collective savings. And the scheme’s design has seemingly worked, with more than 3,500 homes to have signed up now being offered solar systems at an average discount of 35% on market rates.
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