About BEN

The Bristol Energy Network is an umbrella organisation for all community energy groups in Bristol and the surrounding area. It aims to facilitate and promote the diverse activities and projects undertaken by its community energy group members by

  • cascading news, information and policy updates from local partners and national organisations,
  • acting as a conduit between local groups and external organisations and
  • providing an open platform for the sharing of resources, ideas and debate through regular open meetings. 

The network is strongly action-orientated. It seeks to promote collaboration between existing and new groups whilst undertaking projects of benefit for all.

Bristol Community Strategy for Energy


The Strategy was launched during Big Green Week by Bristol's Mayor, George Ferguson  on Friday 21st June in the Solar Pavilion on College Green

George  also launched Bristol Solar City, an initiative to make Bristol the UK's solar capital.  

To find out more about the strategy and the next steps in its development click on the strategy tab above.


Government has proposed that, after January, anyone who installs solar panels on their roof will get a tariff of 1.6p for the electricity they produce – a cut of 87%.
Free sustainable fun for the whole family.
Bristol Friends of the Earth and the local energy cooperatives would like your support on maintaining the Feed-in Tariff for communities and the renewables industry


Sat 5th Sep, 8:30am
Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Energy Group are running a stall at this event
Sat 5th Sep, 9:00am
The Community Energy Fortnight hopes to raise awareness of renewable energy projects.
Tue 8th Sep, 8:00pm
With updates from Green Doors, MakeyourhomeEco and CHEESE

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The bristol community energy map displays current groups ... if you're not on this map but want to be, or if you are on the map and want to change your entry, just email communities@cse.org.uk Its had over 30,000 views so far!


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