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Solarsense short-listed for national Contractor of the Year award

We are proud to announce that Solarsense has been short-listed at this years’ Solar Power Portal Awards. Focusing on all areas of the solar industry, the purpose of the awards is to recognise and celebrate good practice, professionalism, quality, safety and innovation.

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Solarsense completes 50kWp solar PV system for Compassion UK

The bespoke system consists of 144 SunPower solar PV modules and will generate an estimated 45,324kWh per year, reducing the organisations carbon emissions by 27,194kg per annum.

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Beware of solar scams

A number of our customers have made us aware that they have been contacted out of the blue, by telephone or letter, by companies offering benefits including ‘free health checks’ and ‘increases in annual production of up to 25%’.

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Madagascar charity update: Sir David Attenborough joins line up of speakers as Bristol Zoo launches new conservation project

We are pleased to announce that not only have our solar panels made an important impact in Madagascar, but our visit sparked a number of conversations that has led to an inspiring new project by Grant Associates, Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios and Buro Engineering.

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Bristol Beer Factory go green with LED lighting installation

As part of their brewery expansion, Solarsense has converted all the lighting at the Bristol Beer Factory to energy efficient LEDs. By converting all the lighting in the brewery, warehouse and packaging area to energy saving LED lighting, the Bristol Beer Factory has managed to increase their green credentials whilst saving thousands of pounds on their electricity bills each year.

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Solarsense awarded Solar PV Installer of the Year at the 2018 Energy Efficiency Awards

Solarsense has won Solar PV Installer of the Year at the 2018 Southwest Energy Efficiency Awards. The award recognises the efforts of fully qualified solar photovoltaic installers that provide excellent customer service and demonstrate a high standard of quality workmanship.

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Solarsense UK and Giulio Barbieri S.r.l announce strategic partnership to drive growth in UK solar carport industry

Through combining the solar development and management expertise gained from Solarsense, with the elegance and reliability of Giulio Barbieri's outdoor structures, the pair have created a full turnkey design, supply and installation service for commercial and industrial customers throughout the UK.

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Solarsense named as finalist in two categories at the 2018 Southwest Energy Efficiency Awards 

We are proud to announce that Solarsense has been short-listed for installer and project of the year at the 2018 Southwest Energy Efficiency Awards.

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New large-scale battery storage grant for farmers

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Countryside Productivity Scheme has issued a grant opportunity for farmers (including livestock, dairy, arable and horticultural sectors) to gain funding towards increasing the use of renewable energy produced on farm by improving energy storage and distribution.

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Last chance: Receive up to £5000 towards your new solar PV or LED lighting system

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is offering up to £5,000 to small and medium sized businesses (up to 250 employees), who could benefit from financial support when buying and installing renewable energy equipment through Solarsense, an accredited supplier.

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Feed in Tariff to close in April 2019

The sun is soon to set on the Feed-in Tariff (F.I.T) - a government scheme designed to promote the uptake of renewable technologies will end in April 2019.

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Solarsense client wins sustainability award

We are happy to announce another one of our amazing clients has won an award! The Jackson Foundation has been awarded the Cornwall Sustainability Award for Best Contribution to Sustainability in the Built Environment (Retro-fit).

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Air source heat pumps rise in popularity

The combination of cold winter weather and recent increase in RHI support has meant that homeowners are exploring heat pumps as a low cost/efficient method to warm their homes.

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Solarsense plan 2018 charity project in Kenya

Solarsense are to visit Kenya in 2018 to help the Elsamere Centre for Education in Sustainability. The Elsamere Centre for Education in Sustainability (CES) is an integral part of Elsamere which was established in 1989. It is a conservation centre for wildlife and sustainability and was the former home of George and Joy Adamson.

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Tesla's integrated solar roof tiles have been launched

Tesla's integrated solar roof tiles have been launched. The solar tiles have been launched in the US with Elon Musk amongst the first customers. He has confirmed that the new solar roof tiles will ship to the UK as early as 2018.

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Solarsense install first Tesla Powerwall 2

Solarsense install first Tesla Powerwall 2. The new Powerwall 2 solar battery storage solution is set to revolutionise the home and small-medium sized commercial energy storage markets.

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Solarsense short-listed for West of England Green 50 Award

Business leaders and sustainability innovators from across the South West gathered at Bristol and Bath Science Park last week to celebrate the region’s most progressive green companies. Stephen Barrett and Richard Simon were among those invited as Solarsense was commended once again.

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Solarsense to exhibit and hold seminar at The Farm Business Innovation Show 2017

The show has become the nation’s biggest event committed to providing the guidance, education, suppliers, and opportunities needed to help farmers and rural business owners diversify and increase their income. 

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Solarsense are proud to have been involved in helping Printwaste win national award



Gloucestershire based Printwaste, a recycling, waste management and shredding business, has won a new national award at a major industry set of awards. Printwaste won The Environmental Award and was one of six member companies of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) to be recognised for their commitment to promoting the worldwide reputation of the industry.

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Solarsense referral scheme

Earn Rewards for Recommending Friends or Family... At Solarsense we really do pride ourselves on building long-lasting relationships and recognise that most of our work is generated through referrals from our loyal customers.



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Al Gore's New Documentary: An Inconvenient Sequel



Following on from his 2005 film; An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore looks at the global transformation on the issue of climate change. 



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Tesla's New Factory, Set to be Largest Building in the World, is Now Under Construction 

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products. To achieve its planned production rate of 500,000 cars per year by 2018, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide supply of lithium-ion batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory was born out of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support Tesla’s projected vehicle demand.


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Receive up to £5000 towards your new solar PV or LED lighting system

The Carbon Trust Green Business Fund is offering up to £5,000 to small and medium sized businesses (up to 250 employees), which could benefit from financial support when buying and installing renewable energy systems.

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Tesla Open Day - 6th October 2017

On Friday 6th October 2017 Solarsense will open their doors to demonstrate the latest developments in solar and battery storage technology; including the Tesla Powerwall.

The short breakfast presentation will include the latest in technology, available solar, battery and LED lighting grants and a site tour of the Solarsense zero carbon office, there will also be a Tesla car on site for visitors to view!

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Solarsense move into new zero carbon office 

Solarsense have moved into their new zero carbon office. The state of the art building was designed to generate more energy than it consumes and boasts an extensive array of fully integrated photovoltaics, smart energy controls, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MHVR).

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Solarsense install 81.9kWp solar PV installation for Brookside Academy, Street

Solarsense have completed a 81.9kWp solar PV installation for Brookside Academy in Street. The community-funded solar project was completed alongside Avalon Community Energy, a community benefit society established in 2013 with the mission to generate renewable energy for both residents and businesses in the Avalon area.

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World's first solar power road opens in Normandy village

France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel road, in a Normandy village.

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Solar power becoming world's cheapest form of electricity, analysts say

Solar power is becoming the cheapest way to generate electricity, according to leading analysts.

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Managing Director, Stephen Barrett picks up Environmental Hero award

We’re very proud to announce that Stephen Barrett, MD of Solarsense won the award for Environmental Hero at the Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle Environmental Awards 2016.

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Solarsense install 10kWp solar PV system for UNITE Students

UNITE Students commissioned Solarsense to install a 10kWp solar PV system in order offset the halls of residence utility bills. The solar array generates free, clean electricity to power the student accomodation and generates a modest income via the government feed in tariff.

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Solar and wind 'cheaper than new nuclear' by the time Hinkley is built

The government expects solar and wind power to be cheaper than new nuclear power by the time Hinkley Point C is completed, its own projections show.

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Solarsense announces completion of commercial projects for RSPB

An installation at Sandwell Valley is one of seven to have been completed by Solarsense for RSPB, with the installer claiming "the future is really bright for renewables".

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Solarsense install 99.84kWp solar PV system for Printwaste

Solarsense have installed a 99.84kWp solar PV system for Printwaste Recycling & Shredding. The bespoke solar system will help to increase the organisations' profitability and reduce carbon emissions.

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Solarsense install solar thermal system for Quarter Hotel

As part of their efforts to reduce their carbon emissions Solarsense installed a modest solar thermal system for the luxury Berkeley Suites - saving 1/2 tonne of CO2 from reaching the atmosphere each year - the equivalent of filling 3 double decker busses.

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Solarsense install a range of solar PV systems for the RSPB

As part of a programme to reduce its carbon footprint, the RSPB commissioned Solarsense to install roof-top solar photovoltaic systems at a number of its nature reserve centres. The seven systems vary in size and the sites are situated from Devon to Scotland.

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Solarsense install 30kWp solar PV system for Kingswood Leisure Centre

Solarsense has worked with South Gloucestershire Council to install a 30 kWp solar PV solution for Kingswood Leisure Centre. The bespoke solar PV system includes 120 BenQ 250W modules generating an estimated 26,095kWh per year.

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Solarsense install 74kWp solar PV system for Edge Church

Solarsense install 74kWp solar PV system for Edge Church, Bristol. The new bespoke solar array consists of 288 260W BenQ solar PV modules and produces 64,380 kWh per year.

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Solarsense bespoke solar PV installation for Renishaw included in Regen South West Progress Report

This decade has seen remarkable growth in renewable energy in England; 19 per cent of our power now comes from renewable sources. Renewables are a public policy success story – a combination of public and private investment has led to innovation and technological progress, new industries and rapidly falling costs.

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Solarsense install 34kWp solar PV system for Bristol & Clifton Golf Club

Bristol & Clifton Golf club commissioned Solarsense to install a range of solar PV arrays in order to offset their energy bills and generate a modest income via the Government Feed in Tariff.

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Solarsense install 117kWp solar PV system for Dillington Farm

Solarsense have installed a 116.82kWp solar PV system for Dillington Farm Estate. The system was fitted to a metal insulated corregated roof and provides cheaper, cleaner electricity to power the farms’ robotic miliking parlour beneath.

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Solarsense to travel to Madagascar to install solar PV for Bristol Zoological Society's research centre and local community

As part of a developing relationship, Solarsense are supporting one of Bristol Zoological Society’s in-country wildlife conservation projects on the island of Madagascar. 

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Children at Northleaze Church of England Primary School celebrate the launch of their 50kWp solar PV system

On Monday 18th July 2016 the children and staff of Northleaze Primary School launched their community-owned solar system by forming a huge sun in their playground. It is North Somerset’s first community-owned school solar PV system.

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Sir Ed Davey opens Ham Lane Solar Park

On Saturday 16th July 2016, Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Sir Ed Davey opened Bristol’s second community-owned Solar Park at Ham Lane, Kingston Seymour. 

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Solarsense awarded "Best Project" at the British Renewable Energy Awards 2016

This is the second year running that Solarsense have won the “project” category after the Croyde Cottage installation won over the judges in 2015.

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UK Milestone - Solar power produces more electricity than coal

Research undertaken by analysts at the Carbon Brief has proven that solar produced 50% more power than coal across the whole month of May.

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David Snape, Head of Sales & Marketing published in H&V News

"We believe the future is really bright for renewables, particularly in the commercial sector. Energy is increasingly being prioritised at boardroom level because of a number of factors..."

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Solarsense launch guide to sustainable solutions for food & drink manufacturers

The drive to green up food and drinks production is here. It is driven by rising energy costs, the urgent need for carbon efficiencies, and in no small measure branding opportunities and public demand for greener consumables.

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Data centres powered by the sun - why more sustainable servers are a true necessity

The carbon footprint of data centres is coming under increasing scrutiny. Solarsense's Head of Sales & Marketing David Snape explains how solar could provide a sustaianable solution.

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Solarsense solar panel installation for University of Nottingham shortlisted for National Award

Solarsense are delighted to announce that the University of Nottingham solar PV installation has been short-listed for "Best Project" in this year’s British Renewable Energy Awards.

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Solarsense introduce guide to sustainable solutions for schools

Investing in solar panels or other sustainable solutions revolutionises the carbon footprint, finances, lifespan and teaching potential of schools. 

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Solarsense short-listed for three British Renewable Energy Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that Solarsense have been short-listed for no less than three awards at this year’s REA Awards – the most prestigious event for the UK renewables sector.

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Solarsense's Snape sees sense in solar

David Snape, Head of Sales & Marketing summarises the current market, the industry as a whole and makes a case to pull UK money out of oil without delay.

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Solarsense complete 950 kWp solar panel system for Renishaw

Solarsense have recently completed a third solar panel installation for Renishaw as part of their efforts to reduce carbon emissions and energy bills.

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Life after the Feed in Tariffs; why solar is now an unstoppable commercial force

David Snape, Head of Sales and Marketing at Solarsense explains why it's now a better investment than ever before.

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Solarsense launch guide to sustainable solutions for leisure centres

From holiday parks to public sector swimming pools, carbon management, sustainability metrics and consumer demand for greener leisure are on the rise. 

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BRE National Solar Centre launches good practice guide for solar car parks

New guidance from the BRE National Solar Centre shows how car park owners can maximize the economic and environmental performance of their assets by deploying PV technologies.

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Solarsense design and install an optimised solar panel system for Exeter University

Solarsense complete 80 kWp solar PV installation that features the best technologies on the market to maximise yield.

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Experts say businesses must change their perception of energy efficiency

Solarsense took part in a roundtable discussion that highlighted challenges facing energy management in the UK.

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Solarsense introduce guide to sustainable solutions for data centres

As the world relies ever more heavily on data storage, so firms must future proof how data energy is provided, managed and maintained.

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Solarsense in depth report; investment in oil is a miserable proposition. We must move UK money towards the sun

Free-falling oil prices and OPEC's aggressive cartel strategy have signalled the beginning of the end for fossil extraction. Our argument; pull UK money out of oil without delay.

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Solarsense successfully implement first SMA export limitation system

Solarsense have successfully implemented the first SMA export limitation system for a dairy farm's solar PV installation located near Bristol. 

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Strategies for solar; why on site generation protects you and makes the perfect business partner

Investing in solar is the ideal insulation against volatile UK energy prices. Here's why generating power from the sun is big news for disruptive UK businesses.

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Solarsense complete 240kWp Solar PV system for Westfield Academy

Solarsense have installed a 240kWp Solar PV system for Westfield Academy in Yeovil.

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Could Renewable Energy be the solution to the forthcoming energy crisis?

The UK would be plunged into an energy crisis if the government perseveres with plans to close all remaining coal plants by 2025, a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) has claimed.

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Solarsense help partners Low Carbon Gordano to complete their first of three community roof-top projects

The three schemes total 66kW with a 50kWp system at Northleaze School, 10kWp system at Church House, and 6kW at the Clevedon YMCA.

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Solarsense complete Lord Wandsworth College Solar PV installation

Solarsense have installed a 50kWp Solar PV system for Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire.

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Stephen Barrett - Green Leader Finalist - European Green Capital Awards

Stephen Barrett named one of three finalists for the esteemed Green Leader category at this year’s European Green Capital Awards.

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David Snape responds to the new Feed in Tariff following DECC announcement

Head of Sales & Marketing summarises the current market and responds to the Feed in Tariff drop announcement.

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Solarsense & Low Carbon Gordano’s second large scale solar park at Ham Lane 

Ham Lane Solar Park has been commissioned and is now generating. The solar park consists of 3600 panels and has a peak output of 915kWp generating the equivalent to the consumption of 250 homes.

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Stephen Barrett and Solarsense short-listed for two European Green Capital Awards

Solarsense and Managing Director Stephen Barrett have been short-listed for two awards at the Bristol 2015: European Green Capital Awards. The awards aim to recognise the businesses, organisations and people who have made a large or outstanding contribution in helping make Bristol the European Green Capital for 2015.

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New study reveals renewables reduce wholesale cost of energy

A new report undertaken by Good Energy and backed by the University of Sheffield shows that renewables in fact reduce the wholesale price of energy.

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Solarsense awarded "Green Business of the Year" Business Leader Awards

Solarsense have been awarded "Green Business of the Year" at this year’s Business Leader Awards. The event is regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the South West. 

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Solarsense short-listed for solar panel & renewable energy installer of the Year 2015

Solarsense are proud to announce that the company has been short-listed for "Installation company of the Year" at the Solar Power Portal Awards 2015.

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Solarsense install a 250kWp solar PV array for manufacturer Brabantia

Solarsense have completed a 250 kWp bespoke solar panel solution for manufacturing giant Brabantia.

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Solarsense awarded "Environmental Business Award" Bristol Post Awards

Solarsense have been awarded "Environmental Business of the Year 2015" at this year’s Bristol Post Business Awards.

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Solarsense awarded "Best Renewables Project 2015" Brisith Renewable Energy Awards

Solarsense have been awarded "Best Project 2015" at this year’s REA (Renewable Energy Association) Awards. 

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Solarsense short-listed for two British Renewable Energy Awards

We are proud to announce that Solarsense have been short-listed for two categories in this year’s British Renewable Energy Awards.

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Solarsense short-listed for a Bristol Post Business Award

We are delighted to announce that Solarsense have been short-listed for an Environmental Business Award in this year’s Bristol Post Business Awards.

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Mayor George Ferguson opens Bristol’s first-ever community owned Solar Park at Moorhouse Lane

On Saturday 9th May 2015, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson formally opened Bristol’s first ever community-owned Solar Park at Moorhouse Lane, Bristol - the largest solar power system to date.

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Solarsense wins "Domestic rooftop installation of the Year" at the Solar Power Portal Awards 2014

A Solarsense domestic installation on a cottage in Croyde has been awarded "Domestic Rooftop Installation of the Year" at the national Solar Power Portal Awards.
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Photo: Croyde cottage award-winning solar PV installation
Photo: Director Stephen Barrett with the award

Solarsense appointed EPC for 1.8MW Community Solar Farm
Solarsense have been appointed EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor for the Moorhouse Lane Solar Park currently being developed by Low Carbon Gordano in North West Bristol.
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Photo: School children visiting a Solarsense PV installation

Solarsense install UKs largest Local Authority rooftop PV system
Solarsense has just completed the largest Local Authority rooftop PV system in the UK on the Northacre Resource Recovery Centre (RRC).
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Photo: Northacre Resource Recovery Centre solar PV installed by Solarsense

Solarsense complete Keynsham Civic Centre PV system
Work has just been completed to install a 243kWp PV system on the roof of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s new development in Keynsham. The panels cover the roofs of the new Keynsham Civic Centre and form part of the £34 million regeneration of Keynsham town centre.
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Photo: Keynsham Civic Centre solar PV installed by Solarsense

Solarsense awarded £59k for Zero Carbon Hub and Training Centre
Solarsense have been awarded a grant from the West of England Growth Fund to support the development of a Zero Carbon show home and training centre.
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Bristol Zoo catch the solar bug with new 30kWp Solarsense PV system
Bristol Zoo Gardens is celebrating the installation of a third solar PV system – helping to power the Zoo with clean renewable energy, cut its bills and reduce its carbon footprint.
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Photo: Bug World 30kWp Solarsense VP system - Standard photo
Photo: Bug World 30kWp Solarsense VP system - Panorama

Portsmouth City Council invests in solar power to the people
Solarsense has installed new solar PV systems onto two of Portsmouth Council's tower blocks.
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Solarsense generates greenest power at the UKs original outlet shopping centre
Solarsense have installed an 80kWp solar PV system on the roof of Clarks Village in Somerset. The system will generate more than 70,000 units of electricity per year and reduce carbon emmissions by 37.5 tonnes.
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Future proofing energy use in farms by switching to renewables
Farmers are invited to see for themselves how solar PV can contribute to future proofing their business energy needs, reduce their energy costs and generate a stable income.
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Summer Sizzla Sucess
This Saturday, 20th July 2013, saw in excess of 40 people visit Solarsense during its ‘Summer Sizzla’ community open day.
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North Somerset bees swarm to Solarsense
John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare, officially opened the North Somerset Beekeepers training apiary at Helios House, head office of Solarsense, last weekend.
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Solar power is new ingredient for chutney and preserves makers
Traditional chutney and preserves makers Tracklements has switched to solar power to help make its award-winning range of more than 60 products at its Wiltshire factory.
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Hi-tech clean heat for historic former hospital
A century-old former cottage hospital in West Devon has installed a clean energy system to replace its ageing oil-fired boilers.
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Future shines bright for Bristol schools with solar energy
Dozens of Bristol schools seeing electricity bills shrink thanks to massive solar investment by Bristol City Council
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Stadium scores with solar power
Huge array of over 200 PV panels installed at Hand Stadium in Clevedon
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Bristol Zoo
The Mendip Times and Venue magazine cover the Bristol Zoo Solarsense installation
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Lido powers ahead with green energy savings
Bristol Business Post reports on the phenomenal solar savings at the Clifton Lido
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Solar revolution powering a jobs boom in South West
Bristol Evening Post's business pages report on the South West solar revolution
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Taking solar to Africa
North Somerset Times reports on Solarsense's overseas charity work
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Is investing in on-farm solar power worthwhile?
Farmer's Guardian article on farm-based solar power installations investigates the costs and benefits
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Solarsense are REA Company of the Year
Solarsense win Company of the Year 2011 Award from British Renewable Energy Agency
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Glastonbury festival site becomes a solar power station
Worthy Farm in Somerset, home of the world famous Glastonbury Festival, now boasts the largest privately owned solar power station in the UK
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Glastonbury festival site switch-on
Michael Eavis officially switched on Worthy Farm’s new solar electric array as an excited crowd watched
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Bristol Solar City Article
Suzanne Saville covers the Bristol Solar City Initiative
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Guardian Money article on Solar
Guardian Article on Solar Investment including Eavis coverage
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George Ferguson on Bristol Solar City
Evening Post article on the Bristol Solar City initiative
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Western Daily Press Article on Eavis Solar
Western Daily Press highlights the "biggest" solar array in the UK at Worthy Farm
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Somer Housing Goes Solar
New housing development gets high CSH score thanks to solar PV
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