Ameresco completing Community Solar Installations at UK homes, California school

Nov. 15, 2021
The one-million-Euro project approved by the Bristol City Council in England will outfit each of about 175 homes with an average 10 panels each to generated 375 watts of electricity

By Rod Walton, EnergyTech Senior Editor

U.S.-based renewables developer Ameresco is designing, supplying and installing solar photovoltaic systems for homes in Bristol and North Somerset, United Kingdom.

The company is being contracted by the Bristol City Council as part of its Bright Green Homes Project. The one-million-Euro project will outfit each of about 175 homes with an average 10 panels each to generate 375 watts of electricity per site.

Bright Green Homes also will include energy efficiency technologies and battery storage to help eliminate carbon emissions.

"We know that tackling household emissions will have a big part to play in our ongoing journey to become a carbon-neutral city by 2030, and schemes like this can have a tremendous impact on reducing household energy bills and tackling fuel poverty," said councillor Nicola Beech, Bristol cabinet member for environment, ecology, energy and waste.

Ameresco is using local contractors to deliver solar PV installations. Construction began 13 months ago and is scheduled to be completed by March 2022 or later.

The Local Authority Deliver of Green Homes grant is funding the project. So far, some 109 solar installations have been completed, according to reports.

Massachusetts-based Ameresco also recently completed work to install solar PV at Montecito Union School District in California.

The Montecito Union solar array installation at the district’s Nature Lab includes more than 450 panels that will generate more than 300,000 kWh/year of energy and offset 97% of the facility’s annual energy usage.

(Rod Walton, senior editor for EnergyTech, is a 14-year veteran of covering the energy industry both as a newspaper and trade journalist. He can reached at [email protected]).