The ‘Bristol Solar City’ initiative has been welcomed by the leading partners on the £8m Ready for Retrofit programme, Regen SW and the Energy Saving Trust, as an opportunity to create hundreds of new jobs to deliver 1 GW of solar power across the West of England area.
Ready for Retrofit is aimed at providing a substantial boost to the delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to the south west of England’s housing stock and to accelerate job creation in this fast-growing sector.
Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW, said: “‘BristolSolarCity’ is exactly the kind of exciting new initiative we are looking to support in our commitment to building a world leading renewable energy sector in the south west. 1GW of solar PV could meet the electricity demand of every household in the city of Bristol. It will also make a significant contribution to the potential 34,000 jobs in this sector by 2020, as set out in our south west renewable energy manifesto.”
Jon Rattenbury, Ready for Retrofit manager of The Energy Saving Trust said: “Retrofitting energy efficiency and renewable measures to the UK’s 14 million homes is key to saving people money on their fuel bills and achieving an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. Solar PV is a popular and useful technology to achieve this and the Energy Saving Trust is pleased support Bristol Solar City and the role it can play in helping to engage people, communities and business about the benefits of improving our housing to be smarter, greener and warmer.”