A year ago, in November 2022, Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios opened TBY2 (The Bottle Yard 2), their second facility which is powered by a 1MWp rooftop solar array consisting of over 2,300 photovoltaic panels. Believed to be the largest community-owned rooftop solar array in the UK, it was also, until very recently, the largest PV installation on a film/TV studios rooftop (an accolade it held until Sky Studios Elstree confirmed a 3MWp array in September).
Even with that record broken, there is another industry ‘first’ that TBY2 has achieved. The rooftop solar array was funded by the share offering of a community energy organisation, namely Bristol Energy Cooperative. It generates enough clean energy generates to power the equivalent of more than 250 average Bristol households per year. Better still, during peak conditions, when the array produces more energy than the Council-owned facility needs, surplus energy will be ‘sleeved’ to other public buildings in Bristol – meaning that the studio is also helping Bristol reach its 2030 net zero goal!