Solar PV Options

Contacts: Steve Cross


Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems are a way of harnessing renewable energy from the sun’s rays.  Here are 3 possible ways that you can get involved in this technology.



Update on two bulk buy schemes:

The WECA/Solar Together option had a good response from across the WECA region.  However, it is now closed.

IDDEA, a local Solar Panel installer gave a Zoom presentation to local residents last September (see  They are continuing to offer discounts for Solar Panel installations in and around the Widcombe/Bath area.  They have had more than 20 enquiries and over the past few months at least 6 Solar Panel installations have been carried out or planned.  For more information, email  




Invest in Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE).  This Local Community Benefit Society has 5 large Solar Farms and 15 Large Solar Arrays on Local Schools/Community Buildings producing enough green electricity to power the equivalent of 4000 homes.  They plan to double their capacity in the coming years.  Each year, provided the power generated meets the forecast, you get an interest payment.  BWCE also donates, annually, to local projects via their Community Fund.  If interested visit



BWCE are looking to increase the number of solar arrays they’ve installed on large local buildings across B&NES (e.g. businesses, schools etc).  BWCE lease the roof space, pay for installation and sell the electricity generated to the building at competitive rates.  If you know of potential buildings that are ideally south facing, with sloping roofs and an available area of more than 280m2, then email

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