Mapping Your Solar Potential… Bristol City Council and Blom UK

Bristol City Council have now gone ‘live’ and published an online map highlighting potential untapped revenue across the region. The map, freely available on the council’s website, shows the expected solar power generation if PV panels were fitted to building rooftops throughout Bristol.

Produced in part by leading aerial survey specialist Blom, a map on this scale is the first of its kind in the UK, and was funded as part of a government grant.

Nearly a quarter of a million buildings have been assessed, with a surprising third of these understood to be suitable to take advantage of the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme. It is hoped that it will encourage residents and businesses to invest into solar energy and further boost Bristol’s credentials as a leading ‘Green City’.

Council Leader Barbara Janke said: ’This is another example of Bristol leading the way on the green agenda. Were the first local authority to produce a solar map, the first to be building our own wind turbines and the first local authority outside London to be setting up our own energy services company.

The work we’ve done on the solar map pulls together a full picture of the city’s solar potential. Anyone who lives in Bristol who is thinking about the possibility of installing solar electric or hot water panels can use this map quickly and easily to find out whether it’s going to be viable for them.’

Blom have always enjoyed a successful working relationship with Bristol City Council, and have previously awarded them an Ordnance Survey ‘Innovation Award’ for the use and integration of Blom’s oblique aerial photography; BlomOBLIQUE.

‘With the data now published the technology behind it has faced the first ‘acid test,’ and has been proven to work. Interestingly, it shows that the government’s previous methodology underestimated the solar potential of Bristol by approximately 75%. We’re keen to show councils across the UK just how much untapped potential there may be in their region and, with our recently captured off-the-shelf libraries, the proposition is more cost-effective than ever.’ said Andy Fleetwood, Business Development Executive for Blom UK.

For further information on Blom’s solar potential surveys please contact Andy Fleetwood on

About Blom
The Blom Group is the largest provider of geospatial services in Europe for both government agencies and private commercial organizations and companies. Blom owns exclusive spatial databases composed of maps, images and 3D models. Focused on online services, Blom provides data and solutions to its customers in many markets and allows its partners to create high added-value applications based on Blom data models and services. This strategy is backed by Blom’s major technical capacity in aircrafts, cameras, laser scanners and mapping systems. This makes it possible for all projects to be carried out within the company, assuring a high quality product is delivered both on-time and to budget. Blom has more than 1,000 employees and offices in 13 countries and its HQ is located in Oslo, Norway. Blom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (ticker BLO). For more information, visit