Renewable Energy

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 fast-developing industry. 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 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, an innovative sustainable construction scheme and learning centre.

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 Energy Park at Puriton near Bridgwater. The proposed Severn Barrage, which would come ashore in Somerset, also opens up an excellent opportunity for inward investment from energy and environmental technology businesses.

There is plenty of land available at a reasonable price, plus many local farmers are looking for opportunities for diversification. Commercial property is also significantly cheaper in Somerset than in neighbouring Bristol or Gloucester. 

In the heart of the South West, Somerset is extremely well-connected thanks to excellent road and rail links, meaning the cost of transportation can be kept to a minimum. Access to London in only two hours means Somerset makes better business sense than many other leading areas for renewable energy, and a choice of international airports on the doorstep means that Europe and the rest of the world are within easy reach.

The county also provides good schools, affordable housing, clean air, low pollution and easy access to both coast and country.

Somerset 3D offers valuable assistance to companies considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Somerset 3D has strong links with government agencies and decision-making organisations at local, county and regional levels. In addition, bespoke services are available to assist companies in relocating, including assistance in finding suitable commercial properties. 

For more information about how Somerset 3D can help your business maximise the many opportunities that the Somerset renewable energy industry offers, please call us on 0845 1222 066 or email enquiries@somerset3d.co.uk.