The centre, to be established in St Austell, is backed by the county council. This part of mid-Cornwall has been earmarked to become a hub for the development and manufacture of low carbon technologies and products.
Aims of the proposed solar centre include:
- to optimise the long term performance of PV technologies
- to create best quality assurance, design advice, product knowledge and technical standards
- to develop training and educational programmes for designers and installers; and
- to create a hub of solar expertise that will enable the sector to perform to its highest potential.
“We are currently applying for European Regional Development Convergence funding to establish the centre. If our bid is successful we will create a fantastic project that will act as a catalyst for green growth producing long term economic and environmental benefits not only for Cornwall and the South West, but for the UK,” said BRE director Nick Tune, who is leading the project.
BRE, formerly the Building Research Establishemnt, is owned by the BRE Trust, the largest UK charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment.