Bristol discovers how to energise citizens about community energy @pureleapfrog @BPowerCoop

Bristol discovers how to energise citizens about community energy @pureleapfrog @BPowerCoop

Low-income residents are getting free solar PV installations upon joining Bristol Power Co-op (UK), who have gained recognition across Europe for their pioneering work. ‘It would be easy selling ‘free’ solar energy to greenies’, said the co-op’s chair David Saunders. ‘The challenge was to see if we could persuade people in an area of social disadvantage to go for it’. The pilot project took place in Lockleaze, an area of social deprivation in Bristol with 4,000 homes and 11,000 residents. Bristol Power Co-op used traditional methods of community engagement, knocking on doors and holding public meetings, as well as social and online media to mobilise householders. Despite initial skepticism, these efforts soon paid off, with residents warming to the project - especially when they realised that their energy bills would be 40% lower and that all they needed to do was allow PV...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/managenergy/215026...

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