Lifeboat charity makes a splash on energy storage

A lifeboat charity has signed an agreement for the installation of an energy storage unit at its centre on the Isle of Wight. Storage technology company redT energy is installing a 180kWh unit at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes, which is used to manufacture and maintain its fleet […]

Isle of Wight Council could invest £1.7m for solar scheme

A solar firm in the Isle of Wight could receive £1.7m from its council, according to reports. The company, Wight Community Energy (WCE), currently owns seven solar farms. It plans to build an 8.5MW development in Ningwood, which is due to be connected to the national grid next month and almost 4.2MW has been designated […]

Food waste to power Isle of Wight homes

Food waste is to be converted into green electricity to power homes in the Isle of Wight. Anaerobic digestion (AD) company Tamar Energy has signed a contract to process around 5,000 tonnes per year of waste in the region. Public services provider Amey will collect the food waste on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council and […]

Isle of Wight wind farm developer ‘must come clean on jobs claim’

The developer of a proposed wind farm off the Dorset and Isle of Wight coasts are being urged to “come clean” about the number of jobs the project will create. It comes after Navitus Bay Development Ltd (NBDL), a joint venture between EDF Energy Renewables and Eneco Wind UK, said it will support a minimum of […]

UK offshore wind farm returns 79% of unused zone

The unused parts of a proposed wind farm located south of Dorset and the Isle of Wight is to be handed back to the developer. Under the terms of the agreement, Navitus Bay will return 571km2 – which represents 79% of the original area – to The Crown Estate. It awarded the development zone to Navitus […]

£5m funds to boost energy efficiency lighting in UK

£5 million of funding will be invested in energy efficient LED lighting throughout the UK. The UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) and Equitix are funding the project which will cut running costs, energy bills and carbon emissions. The developer, Climate Energy, is planning the first project at global aviation supplier GKN Aerospace’s Falcon Yard […]

Irish firm adds 30MW of solar power in UK

An Irish renewable energy company has completed installing solar power plants with a total capacity of 30MW in the UK. BNRG Renewables has built a 20MW solar plant at Sycamore Farm in Kent, which will produce enough electricity to power more than 6,600 homes. Another 10MW Hill Farm facility in the Isle of Wight will […]

Waitrose powers second store with biomass

A second Waitrose store is now sourcing its power, heating and cooling from sustainable local woodchip. Energy Minister Greg Barker opened the renewable energy centre at the supermarket’s Bracknell store earlier this week. It is expected to provide the majority of the store’s energy needs and make it almost completely independent of the national grid. […]

Power supplier backs Isle of Wight energy scheme

Energy supplier SSE is backing an energy scheme to help Isle of Wight residents cut bills and invest in sustainable community projects. The scheme is run by Ecoislands, the community energy scheme planning to make the island energy self-sufficient by 2020. For every Isle of Wight SSE customer that joins the community scheme, the power […]

Isle of Wight continues low carbon makeover

The Isle of Wight’s dream of becoming energy self-sufficient by the end of the decade came one step closer this week, when its transport system began a low carbon makeover. The isle off the coast of Britain is the home of Ecoislands, a project designed to be a global example of community-led carbon free living. […]