Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 15:00


Greg Barker Minister for Energy has today announced that the Building Research Establishment (BRE) National Solar Centre will be locating its offices and solar test site on the Eden site. 

The BRE Trust, the largest UK Charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment, established the National Solar centre in March this year.  Its aim is to develop the Photovoltaics (PV) sector market and provide best practice and training on PV installation for the industry. Barry Marsh NSC Director, said “this exciting opportunity ends months of negotiation on various sites and will enable the NSC to commence development plans on this very important sector of our work.  Both Eden and BRE have exemplary green credentials and will be working together to provide research, consultancy and training on building a better world for us all”.  

The National Solar Centre Offices will be located in the Eden Foundation Building, with the proposed site for PV testing occupying an area of brownfield land on the perimeter of the site. Dan James Eden’s Development Director said  “We are delighted to welcome the BRE National Solar Centre to Eden. In a short period of time the centre has become an important research base of the national solar industry and we look forward to working in collaboration long into the future. There has always been an ambition from Eden to establish a cluster of environmental activity aimed at creating new businesses, delivering training provision and demonstrating new environmental technologies.  The Eden site provides a unique opportunity to attract businesses and capture the growth expected within the low carbon business sector”.