£20,000 to be invested into looking at solar power for Bridport

£20,000 to be invested into looking at solar power for Bridport

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 9:22am 23rd June 2020. (Updated at 11:04am 23rd June 2020)

A scheme to increase the supply of renewable energy to local people in Bridport has taken a big step forward.

A £20,000 feasibility grant has been awarded to Dorset Community Energy.

It will be used to investigate the development of solar arrays to help meet local demand for the Energy Local Bridport scheme.

This solar panel project builds on the success of an initiative launched in January by Dorset Community Energy which aims to supply up to 60 Bridport homes with locally generated renewable energy from a wind turbine

The scheme has been heavily oversubscribed with 40 households still on the waiting list.

Dorset Community Energy

The funding's come from South West Energy Hub and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

Pete West, a director of Dorset Community Energy said:

"We have been working very hard in partnership with Energy Local CIC and Octopus Energy to develop this opportunity for local people to directly benefit from lower cost renewable electricity.

"There are several examples in Wales, but Bridport will be the first town in England to develop a local renewable energy supply to householders through the existing electricity grid.

"It's great news that we have been awarded this feasibility grant which will enable us to develop the next phase of the project and allow more householders to participate."

solar panels array

Lorna Carver, Director at Dorset LEP said: 

"Delivering clean growth within a low carbon economy is a key priority for Dorset.

"This is a fantastic example of how green technology can be delivered at community level - not only helping to protect the environment but also providing an economic benefit to local people. 

"One of the great things about this scheme is its potential to be replicated in other parts of the county. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of the feasibility study." 


The feasibility grant was provided by the Rural Community Energy Fund, a government scheme administered by the South West Energy Hub in partnership with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

The funding will allow Dorset Community Energy to assess the viability of the proposed solar (PV) arrays including working out suitable locations, technical modelling and further engagement with the local community.