Bristol City Council’s offices switch on to solar

The Mayor of Bristol has officially marked the completion of a solar PV installation on the roof of the Council’s central offices.

Officers from the Council’s Energy Service have been working alongside colleagues in Property Services to install the 30kW solar PV array on the office roof as part of the authority’s commitment to Bristol 2015 European Green Capital.

At its peak, the panels will produce 30kW of power and generate an estimated 26,000kwh of electricity each year, all of which will be used at 100 Temple Street.

The solar roof will deliver enough energy in one year to drive more than 8,000 miles in one of the council’s electric pool cars or enough to power two floors of LED lights for each working day of the year.

“I’m delighted to be able to announce the completion of this addition to our solar power capability at the council’s Temple Street offices, particularly as we continue to focus our efforts on making the city more sustainable during our year as European Green Capital,” said Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson.

“By using cleaner energy through schemes such as this, we are leading by example and encouraging all with appropriate roof space to follow suit.“The council’s energy team has been installing solar PV on many of our corporate buildings, as seen with the recent completion of the Horfield Leisure Centre scheme.

“To date, we have installed more than 300 KW with more than 1500 KW in the pipeline until 2016, but there is much greater scope remaining across the city.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues