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The Wave Bristol

Since before it opened in 2019, The Wave Bristol has been powered by Ecotricity.

This inland surfing lake uses our green energy to power the machines that create the waves which surfers ride as they speed towards the artificial beach at the attraction. Every eight to ten seconds, a wave sloshes down and the lake has been split down the middle and designed so that on one side the waves are ideal for lefties, and on the other side righties will dominate.

Re-greening with green energy

Sustainability is a big part of the how the business is run. Chris Hines, who also co-founded Surfers Against Sewage, is head of sustainability at The Wave Bristol and has planned a 30-acre green zone around the lake. This will include 16,000 trees, 13 acres of wildflower meadow and a further 500 meters of hedgerow to increase biodiversity in the local area.

Using fossil fuel energy was never an option for the business. Ecotricity’s wind and sun-generated green electricity will power the wave machine, buildings, electric vehicle charging points. The Wave Bristol chose Ecotricity as its business energy supplier because both companies have parallel aims – to plough profits back into doing good things for the environment while looking after the local community.

Ecotricity are the leading provider of renewable energy, so it’s brilliant that we’ve partnered up. We want to do as much as possible to make sure we reduce our environmental footprint.
Chris Hines MBE, Head of Sustainability, The Wave Bristol

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