Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July
Solar Independence Day is the UK’s annual solar celebration showcasing solar homes, solar schools, commercial solar rooftops and solar farms.
If you want to come and learn more about solar, you can visit a local solar farm, big rooftop installation or showhome near you. Here is the list of open day sites for the public. Click on the orange links below to register to attend.
If you have solar on the roof of your own home, get involved on Twitter, Facebook and on Generaytor. The hashtag is #SolarIndependence and we would love it if you could tweet about how much your solar system has generated on either the Friday or the Saturday.
|College||Edinburgh College||Friday 3 July, 9.30am-3.30pm||iPower Energy||Granton Campus, 350 West Granton Road, Edinburgh EH5 1QE||Scotland|
|Commercial||Thamesdown Bus Depot||Friday 3 July, 10am-2pm||Public Power Solutions||Thamesdown Bus Depot, Barnfield Road, Swindon, SN2 2DJ||South West|
|Commercial rooftop||Lakeside Energy from Waste facility||Friday 3 July, 12noon-1.30pm||Belectric||Lakeside Energy from Waste, Lakeside Road, Colnbrook, Berkshire SL3 0FE||South East|
|Commercial rooftop||Cronan Farm||Friday 3 July, 10am-12noon||Forster Energy||Cronan Farm, Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Perthshire PH13 9EX||Scotland|
|Commercial rooftop||Precision House||Friday 3 July, 10am-1pm||Precision Marketing Group and Sustain Services||Precision House, Lamdin Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6NU||East of England|
|Commercial rooftop||Solarsense Technology Park||Friday 3 July 11am-4pm||Solarsense||Helios House, Brockley Lane, Backwell, Bristol BS48 4AH||South West|
|Historic building||Pitmedden Garden – National Trust for Scotland||Saturday 4 July, 11am-2pm||Forster Energy||Pitmedden Garden, National Trust for Scotland, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7PD||Scotland|
|Homes||Hirst Estate||Saturday 4 July, 11am-2pm||Enphase, Saving Energy Ltd and Arch||Hirst Estate, Ashington Football Club, Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9FW||North East|
|Other||Training centre open day for electricians and plumbers||Friday 3 July, 1pm-3pm||Narec DE||Narec Distributed Energy, 4 Ballast Hill, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 2AU||North East|
|Solar farm||Willersey Solar Farm||Friday 3 July, 11am-3pm||Belectric||The Byre Badsey Lane Willersey Evesham Worcestershire WR11 7HF||South West|
|Solar farm||Whitley Solar Farm||Friday 3 July, 10am-3pm||British Solar Renewables||Whitley Farm, Bridgwater, TA7 9QW||South West|
|Solar farm||Hunters Race Solar Farm||Friday 3 July, 10am-2pm||Foresight Group||Hunters Race, Chichester, West Sussex||South East|
|Solar farm||Kencot Hill Solar Farm||Friday 3 July, 10am-2pm||Foresight Group||Kencot, Oxfordshire||South East|
|Solar farm||Manor Solar Farm||Saturday 4 July, 10am-3pm||Lightsource||Manor Farm, Silton, Dorset, SP8 5PR||South West|
|Solar farm||Race Solar Farm||Saturday 4 July, 11am-3pm||Primrose Solar||Race Farm, Huntick Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6AP||South West|
|Solar farm||West Solent Cooperative Solar Farm||Saturday 4 July, 10am-1pm||Solarcentury||Iley Lane, Lower Pennington, Lymington, Hampshire||South East|
|Solar farm||Creathorne Solar Farm (invite only)||Friday 3 July||Good Energy||Poundstock, North Cornwall||South West|
There are also a series of events taking place that are not open to the public:
Demand Energy Equality are holding a Solar Independence Day ‘Build your own solar charger’ workshop in Bristol on Friday 3 July, as part of their partnership with the Bristol Drugs Project for recovering drug and alcohol addicts.
A few days after Solar Independence Day, on Tuesday 7 July, the UK’s first ever solar home, the Oxford Ecohouse, will be marking its 20th anniversary in a ‘1 to 1million British solar citizens’ event. This is an invitation-only event, please get in touch if you would be interested in attending.
MPs around the country will be visiting solar homes and solar farms in their constituencies.
To find out more please email the Solar Independence Day team on newswww.solar-trade.org.uk or call 0203 637 2946.