Solar Independence Day

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.

Here is a map of all the open days across the country, with a table with full details below.
Map open days Solar Independence Day 2015
Type What When Company Address Region
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 or call 0203 637 2946.