Poster to advertise rooftop revolution

A rooftop Revolution: Getting solar off the ground in Hampshire and Sussex

Friday 14 June 2024
14:00 to 17:00

A free event from the University of Southampton and CPREs Hampshire and Sussex. Together we will explore the huge potential of rooftop solar.

Tickets can purchased via eventbrite


This project has been funded by the Centre for the South – New Things Fund, fostering a unique collaboration between the University of Southampton’s Energy and Climate Change Division and CPREs Hampshire and Sussex. The partnership has built on previous work carried out by the University of Southampton and CPREs Rooftop Renewable campaign. 
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Aims of Rooftop Solar event

· Explore the huge potential of rooftop solar – and its benefits for residents and communities - in Hants and Sussex.

· Advocate for a rooftop-first approach for PV, which prioritises ‘grey spaces’ over ‘green fields.

· Showcase the Southampton University model and methodology to encourage the mapping rooftop potential of the whole UK.

· Engage decision-makers locally and nationally in thinking about the changes (policy/financial /practical/other) needed at both scales to deliver a rooftop revolution.

· Bring together stakeholders to feed into Local Area Energy Plans and collaborate on delivering rooftop solar projects in ‘hotspots’ in Hampshire and Sussex identified by the mapping.


Who is it for?

· Energy/Net Zero/Housing ministers and their shadows

· Sussex/Hampshire MPs + Prospective Parliamentary Candidates

· Sustainability/energy/planning officers and relevant portfolio-holding Cllrs from all the district/borough/county/city councils

· Community climate groups

· Community solar organisations e.g. Community Energy South

· Warehouse Association

· Solar industry reps, esp. the trade association – Solar Energy UK

· Academics, incl. the UCL team who did CPRE’s England-wide scoping.


What’s in it for participants?

· Understand the opportunity for the most productive rooftop solar in your area down to the level of individual streets and buildings – as well as the potential capacity at district and county scale.

· Learn about this brand-new, cutting-edge research from the researchers themselves, and find out how you can apply it in your area, or nationwide.

· Explore local and national policies and actions that can accelerate the rollout of cost-effective rooftop solar, including the role of Local Area Energy Plans

· Identify the ‘hotspots’ in your area with the potential for rooftop PV investment, and meet other expert rooftop solar stakeholders who can help you to get these projects off the ground.

Contact CPRE Hampshire, The Countryside Charity
01962 797312
Sir James Matthews Building, Southampton SO14 7FP
SO14 7FP
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Cost free