Glastonbury founder opens free electric charging station

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has opened the Bristol area’s first free community charging station for electric cars.

The facility comprises a solar car port which is available for anybody to charge their electric vehicle for free. Drivers simply park up underneath the charging station’s PV array and plug in. The carport was installed by Backwell-based installers Solarsense as a free community facility .

At the opening ceremony, Michael Eavis said: “Electric cars are a wonderful opportunity for somewhere like Bristol which has a problem with air quality.

I like driving my electric car because it’s so quiet I can hear my wife talking and the birds singing, and I can charge it with the free electricity generated by our solar PV system on the farm.”

Steve Barrett of Solarsense added: “As a company we’re committed to helping people reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions using renewable energy while minimising their own carbon footprint. The solar carport will help us do that and enable anybody to charge their own electric vehicle for free.”