Well it has certainly been a busy year for the Bristol Community Hydro Scheme. Here’s a recap of our recent progress: What is Bristol Community Hydro? Bristol Community Hydro is our proposed twin-screw hydropower scheme at Netham Weir. Once up and running, it will generate enough renewable electricity to power more than 250 homes, with a lifetime of at least 40 years. It will generate around 900,000 kWh of electricity every year – enough to drive an electric car between Bristol and Bath more than 200,000 times! This is being made possible with funds raised through our latest share offer, which is now live. Anyone can invest from as little as £100 to help support Bristol Energy Cooperative and earn a projected 3.5% return on investment.
Bristol Energy Co-op 16th Oct 2020 read more »
Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) has launched a £2 million community share offer to part-fund the UK’s first community-owned net zero housing microgrid. Residents of the Water Lilies housing development are to get most of their energy from shared onsite solar, although their electricity supply will be topped up from the grid when needed. The microgrid will combine renewables, heat pumps, battery storage and energy efficiency measures, all linked with what the not-for-profit dubbed “smart technology”. It also lauded how due to the inclusion of heat pumps, there will be no requirement for gas boilers. The community share offer isn’t just to go towards the microgrid, however. It will also help to fund Bristol’s first hydro-electric generator, which will be installed near Bristol Temple Meads station, at Netham Weir.
Solar Power Portal 19th Oct 2020 read more »