Energy Revolution invests donations in sustainable energy initiatives to replace dirty, non-renewable forms of energy such as oil with sustainable, clean energy solutions such as wind and solar energy. In doing so, festivals and festival-goers can turn their fossil fuel travel miles into clean energy, and help keep the party going forever.
Bristol Energy Co-op
The donations to balance over a million travel miles with Energy Revolution in 2016 have now been invested with Bristol Energy Co-op (BEC), a community-owned energy cooperative, growing Greater Bristol’s local green energy supply and making the benefits available to all.
BEC develop renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and help others to do the same. Audience donations are having a huge impact with BEC, helping to run a 4.2MW solar farm at Lawrence Weston as well as supporting their work installing solar panels on 6 community buildings and purchasing another solar farm in Somerset.
With Bristol home to many of our festival partners and audiences this donation is coming full circle, taking the negative of carbon emissions and turning it into clean energy, produced in our very own communities, that benefits everyone.
Find out more about BEC’s ground-breaking work in our Q&A with BEC Co-Director Andy O’Brien
The Converging World
Funds donated in 2015, our first year of operations, were invested with charity partner The Converging World, a pioneering charity that invests in renewable energy in India and uses the returns to support social and environmental projects both in the UK and overseas.
Due to India’s ‘dirty’ national grid (Indian power stations emit twice the level of CO2 as the UK due to the fuel mix they use) our clean renewable energy has double the impact on emissions per kWhrs compared to the UK energy sector.
To date they have generated 45 million kWh of clean energy, avoided 41,000 tonnes of CO2 and provided support to a number of programmes both in the UK and India. Find out more about The Converging World at www.theconvergingworld.org.