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Bristol Millennium Square solar power tree to be switched on

Solar tree planned in Millennium Square, Bristol Image copyright Demand Energy Equality
Image caption The tree provides a number of interactive functions for the public including free phone charging and WIFI

A 15ft (4.5m) metal tree with multi-directional solar panels for leaves is due to be switched on in Bristol later.

The Energy Tree, designed by artist John Packer and Bristol-based Demand Energy Equality, will provide free mobile phone charging points and Wi-Fi.

It has been built by Mr Packer with help from recovering addicts from the Bristol Drugs Project.

The exhibit, at-Bristol Science Centre, is part of the city's year as European Green Capital.

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Image caption The solar tree has been installed in Millennium Square as part of Bristol Green Capital 2015

Bristol Drugs Project said working on the sculpture had helped "support recovery" and provide "opportunity for people in the city with a history of problematic drug or alcohol use".

"The Energy Tree reflects Bristol's commitment to provide opportunities for everyone to play their part in the European Green Capital," said Maggie Telfer, CEO of Bristol Drugs Project.

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Image caption The solar cells are made from recycled broken panels and will produce up to 1kw of green energy

The Energy Tree is the successor to the Solar Tree built on the Edible Futures growing project in Brislington in 2012, in which 70 members of the public and community groups were taught DIY solar skills by Demand Energy Equality.

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