Local partnership delivers Bristol’s largest solar display

The largest solar panel project to be created in Bristol has been made possible thanks to a partnership between Bristol City Council, a leading construction firm and a solar installers co-operative.

A major solar panel installation has been completed at Horfield Leisure Centre, the first of many similar roof mounted arrays that will be installed across the city under the new Bristol City Solar Framework, which has been commissioned by Bristol City Council as the city celebrates its year as European Green Capital.

The 100kWp installation was delivered through a local partnership between the council’s Energy Investment Service, Bristol-based property services company Mi-space, and the Bristol Area Solar Installers Co-operative (BASIC).

Representatives from all of the organisations came together at Horfield to celebrate completion of the project, which marks the start of the four-year framework to see solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on a range of community buildings, Council offices, schools, libraries, sports centres and other Council-owned buildings throughout the City.

Mi-space, part of The Midas Group, one of the largest independent construction companies in the South West, is working in collaboration with BASIC, the UK’s first multi-installer consortium, which represents six specialist solar installers based in the Greater Bristol area. The partnership aims to bid for large-scale solar projects and multiple installations within the local region.

Jonathan Davis, Mi-space energy specialist, said:

“The Horfield project is the first of three schemes that Mi-space will be delivering in conjunction with BASIC. The collaboration between the BASIC and a large organisation like Midas is a ground breaking initiative. The council gets the benefits of working with local contractors and therefore supporting the city’s economy whilst buying the security and peace of mind that a large contractor like Midas brings. Our involvement enables the members of BASIC to get access to work streams that are normally beyond their scope, this has a direct impact on creating sustainable communities and retaining local jobs.”

The Horfield Leisure Centre scheme involves solar panels able to generate an estimated 90,000kWh of energy a year, reducing the facility’s energy consumption and cutting carbon dioxide output by 50,000kg annually. The project was delivered by Mi-space and BASIC member Your Power in partnership with its sister company Your Electrical.

Nick Spicer, Your Power Operations Director and current Chair of BASIC:

“It’s great that Your Power, BASIC and Mi-space are delivering the first of three significant solar installations on behalf of Bristol City Council. This installation will make a sizeable contribution to reducing energy costs and cutting emissions and will hopefully also encourage users of the leisure centre to consider their day-to-day energy use. As part of the wider solar PV programme launched by the council this is another clear justification of why Bristol is European Green Capital 2015.”