On Friday 9th Deccember several months of planning and hard work came together when 40kw of Solar Panels were installed on the roof of Hamilton House to provide electricity for the building. The final work on the panels was completed just before the Government’s subsidy cut-off deadline on 12th December.
With Bristol Power CIC, Connolly & Callaghan, Ethical Solar, Coexist and Bristol Energy Coop all on board, the project should make a huge difference in the energy consumption of the large building. The project is just one stage in the ‘rewiring’ of Hamilton House. Over the next weeks and months, several other plans are in place to improve energy efficiency, including installing separate meters around the building to monitor electricity use and making the heating system more efficient.
Bristol Power promotes widespread community-owned renewable energy, through arranging finance and setting up small-scale coops to manage the installations and spend any surplus locally. Its next project is a feasibility study for solar panels on the roofs of an entire street in Bristol, in an area seriously affected by fuel poverty. For more information see: www.bristolpower.coop and www.streetsofsolar.org
For more information on Ethical Solar see http://www.ethicalsolar.org
and on Bristol Energy Coop see http://www.bristolenergy.coop