Bottle Yard's new studio to be solar powered

The solar array is being funded by the latest share offer of the Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC)

The Bottle Yard Studios’ new facility, TBY2, will be powered by a giant array of more than 2000 solar panels when it opens in the autumn.

The huge 1MWp structure will be one of the biggest community-owned solar rooftop array in the West of England and one of the biggest of its kind in the UK. 

The solar array is being funded by the latest share offer of the Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC), the community-owned energy cooperative. 

Bristol City Council, which owns and runs The Bottle Yard Studios, initially planned to install a 283kWp solar array on the rooftop of the Studios’ expansion facility TBY2, but as a result of funding from BEC, the final array will be more than three times larger than originally planned. It will be installed by Solar South West.

Laura Aviles, senior film manager (Bristol City Council), who oversees The Bottle Yard Studios, said: “Our new TBY2 facility has been designed and built with sustainability in mind at every stage, with premium insulation throughout and a sophisticated building management system to ensure optimal energy conservation.

“We’re hugely proud that the exterior of the building is being put to such valuable use, hosting a community-owned PV array of this size which will generate a huge amount of clean energy to power the site, with surplus energy benefitting the city of Bristol.” 

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Bottle Yard's new studio to be solar powered
Credit: The Bottle Yard Studios
Bottle Yard's new studio to be solar powered
Credit: The Bottle Yard Studios

The Bottle Yard Studios’ new facility, TBY2, will be powered by a giant array of more than 2000 solar panels when it opens in the autumn.

The huge 1MWp structure will be one of the biggest community-owned solar rooftop array in the West of England and one of the biggest of its kind in the UK. 

The solar array is being funded by the latest share offer of the Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC), the community-owned energy cooperative. 

Bristol City Council, which owns and runs The Bottle Yard Studios, initially planned to install a 283kWp solar array on the rooftop of the Studios’ expansion facility TBY2, but as a result of funding from BEC, the final array will be more than three times larger than originally planned. It will be installed by Solar South West.

Laura Aviles, senior film manager (Bristol City Council), who oversees The Bottle Yard Studios, said: “Our new TBY2 facility has been designed and built with sustainability in mind at every stage, with premium insulation throughout and a sophisticated building management system to ensure optimal energy conservation.

“We’re hugely proud that the exterior of the building is being put to such valuable use, hosting a community-owned PV array of this size which will generate a huge amount of clean energy to power the site, with surplus energy benefitting the city of Bristol.” 

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