Somerset has seen significant investment and advances in renewable energy in recent times, guaranteeing its place as one of the area’s key business sectors and making it an ideal location for the growth of this developing industry.
A new Somerset Energy and Innovation Centre is located close to Junction 23 of the M5 at Bridgwater. The Centre provides flexible office space, with parking and meeting rooms, whilst at the same time providing the scope for the businesses to collaborate and innovate together with Business support provided through the Centre’s management operator. The Centre will help grow the low carbon energy supply chain cluster for Somerset and the South West, and is well placed not only for the nuclear energy developments at Hinkley Point, but also for those businesses involved in the renewables sector.
First-class skills and training
The county boasts extensive energy skills knowledge due to its existing nuclear expertise and supply chain, as well as complementary skills and resources from its world-class advanced engineering and aerospace industry.
Education and training are intrinsic to the energy and environmental technology sectors within Somerset, ensuring a wealth of state-of-the-art industry knowledge and a first-rate skill base.
The £8million Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College offers high-quality, professional training facilities in science, engineering and specialist construction, whilst several local colleges run courses on Environmental Studies.
Somerset is also home to the £2.5million Genesis Project, located at Somerset College, Taunton which provides an innovative sustainable construction scheme and learning centre.
Regen SW is a leading centre of sustainable energy expertise and pioneering project delivery. It offers advice and training for business and enables business, local authorities, community groups and other organisations to deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency and build a prosperous low-carbon economy in the south west of England.
Perfect location for solar power
Perfectly positioned in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of ideal solar conditions below the M4 corridor, Somerset is one of the best places in the UK for solar power. It has been picked to host some of Britain’s first PV parks, including BAE Systems’ proposed new Huntspill Energy Park near Bridgwater.
Proposals for a barrage, or barrages, in the Severn estuary may also open up an excellent opportunity for inward investment from energy and environmental technology businesses.
A number of businesses have already embraced renewable energy solutions to cut costs and go green in Somerset so there are some excellent early adopters within the Somerset economy who act as good advocates for renewables: