Mayor launches Moorhouse Solar Array

The sun shone on Saturday 9 May as George Ferguson, the Mayor of Bristol, formally launched our first solar project at Moorhouse Lane in front of 150 members and guests.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol,  speaking at the launch of Moorhouse Solar Array

George Ferguson, Steve Barrett (Solarsense) and Jon Gething cut the ceremonial cake

Members and guests at the launch

The plant has been fully operational since mid-April producing 250,000 kWh of electricity to-date, and saving 130 tonnes of CO2 by displacing coal and gas-fired electricity.

At the launch I paid thanks to the many people that had made the project possible from the landowners, Cathy and Dave Newman, the developers of the concept, ORTA Solar, and the contractors Solarsense who had to deal with a number of unforeseen problems including a strategic oil pipeline, potential unexploded bombs, and above all the demise of the inverter manufacturer Solarmax just a week before delivery was due.

I also thanked our partners Bath and West Community Energy who had the confidence in our fledgling community energy co-operative to allow us the opportunity to raise the funds and develop the project.

Most importantly I thanked the members of Low Carbon Gordano who had responded so magnificently to to our very first share offer and raised over £2.2Million in just over 10 weeks.

The completed Moorhouse array

George Ferguson told us” “It’s wonderful that this solar park is happening right here in Bristol, because as you know, Bristol is the European Green Capital of the Year.

“The world is looking at what we are doing and soon we’ll be setting up our own energy company. That gives a real sense of making sure everybody in Bristol will take part in our battle against climate change.

“But it’s not just about climate change. What’s absolutely great is that the emissions here are zero and that means we are cleaning up the air in our cities for our children.

“With this project, Low Carbon Gordano will inspire a lot of people to think a lot more about how we can harness the power of the sun in a much more practical way and I will do everything I can to encourage the new government in Westminster to support renewables and other alternative forms of energy,”

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