Solarsense has joined up yet again with Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis, after installing an array at his Glastonbury farm, to unveil Bristol’s first free community charging station for electric vehicles. The solar carport has been installed at Solarsense’s headquarters and will be available to use for anybody looking to charge their electric vehicle – for free.

Michael Eavis became the first person to use the system after charging up his own electric car with the electricity produced from the carport. Opening the solar carport, Eavis said: “Electric cars are a wonderful opportunity for somewhere like Bristol which has a problem with air quality – the quickest way to improve air quality is to switch to electric cars.

“I like driving my electric car because it’s so quiet I can hear my wife talking and the birds singing, and I can charge it with the free electricity generated by our solar photovoltaic system on the farm.”

Solarsense hosted an open day at its premises to help showcase fossil-fuel alternatives for the local community. A number of carbon-free transport methods were being shown off, including electric bicycles.

Steve Barrett of Solarsense said: “As a company we’re committed to helping people reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions using renewable energy while minimising our own carbon footprint, and the solar carport will help us do that and enable anybody to charge their own electric vehicle for free.”