Bristol provides £58k for community energy projects

Bristol City Council is providing funding worth more than £58,000 to develop local energy projects. A total of 11 community groups will receive a share of the fund to deploy […]

By Jacqueline Echevarria

Bristol City Council is providing funding worth more than £58,000 to develop local energy projects.

A total of 11 community groups will receive a share of the fund to deploy their projects which aim to help people reduce energy use, move towards cleaner and renewable energy and cut bills.

The grant has been awarded through the council’s Bristol Community Energy Fund, an initiative which encourages local solutions to community-specific energy challenges.

One of the projects that won part of the funding is the ‘TWO’s Project’ by Easton Energy Group, which will look into setting up a microgrid across two streets by connecting solar panels with battery storage installed at residents’ houses.

It is hoped the project will create a model that could be replicated across the rest of the city.

Yael Ben-Gigi of Easton Energy Group said: “We have really high hopes for the project’s ability to provide cheaper, cleaner energy to people while offering opportunities to engage with renewable energy generation on a very local scale. We believe that we’ll be able to build a best-practice model that can be used right across the UK.”

Other projects which have been offered funding include door-to-door energy awareness sessions and the installation of numerous energy efficiency measures such as insulation.

Renewables, self generation and storage are among the topics to be discussed at Energy Live 2016 on November 3rd in London. Get your tickets here.

There are limited free tickets available for energy end users and university students.

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