The largest single roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) array in the UK university sector

Renewable energy strategy

Information on renewable energy strategy, our targets and our progress at UWE Bristol.

Our strategy

Our targets

UWE Bristol is committed to Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) electricity and heat generation:

  • 10% electricity to be generated from on/near site LZC sources by 2020/21
  • 20% of space heating and domestic hot water to be provided by 2020/21.

Our progress

  • In 2016/17, the University generated 1% electricity from Low or Zero Carbon sources, however it is anticipated that this target will be largely met by the installation of combined heat and power (CHP) at Frenchay campus in 2017/18.
  • UWE Bristol purchases 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2016.
  • View the summary of solar PV installations at UWE Bristol.
  • T-block rooftop PV array: A large photovoltaic (PV) array is the largest single solar installation in the UK Higher Education sector, and since installation in October 2016 has already generated (to end Sept 2017) 380MWh, saving 134 tonnes of CO2 and a financial saving to the University in electricity purchase of £38k.
  • Bower Ashton Studios: As part of the building developments at the Bower Ashton Studios, UWE Bristol has committed to go above and beyond planning requirements. The new buildings will feature air source heat pumps and solar electric.

Our commitment to solar electricity

  • UWE Bristol has already exceeded the expectation of our solar-generating capacity upto 2020 by five times.
  • The University continues to build and expand the estate, always minded towards renewable energy within building and design.
  • UWE Bristol recognises the importance of on-site generation, to support the national decarbonisation agenda, increase energy security and enhance local renewable energy capacity.
  • UWE Bristol is proud to be supporting Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology and through these actions inspire the next generation of solar technologies and graduates to work in the PV sector.

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