£40m to boost green cars across UK

The government is investing £40 million in projects which boost the use of electric vehicles (EVs). Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London have been awarded a share of the fund for designing schemes that help encourage people to consider switching to a plug-in car. London has been awarded £13 million to develop plans which include more […]

£20m investment for CHP plant in Nottingham

The construction of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Nottingham has received a £20 million investment. Energy Saving Investments (ESI) has provided £14.6 million and the Equitix Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF) has invested £15 million. The project is expected to have a capacity of 6.8MW and cut around 13,300 tonnes of carbon emissions per year – […]

Robin Hood takes on Big Six energy firms

Nottingham City Council has launched the first local authority-owned energy supply company. Robin Hood Energy aims to provide low cost electricity to customers and help tackle fuel poverty. The council expects customers who switch to the not-for-profit energy supplier to save an average of up to £237 per year on their gas and electricity bills. It said it […]

Nottingham installs 67kW solar carport

Nottingham City Council has installed a solar carport at one of its leisure centres. It is claimed to be the largest of its kind in the UK. Renewable technology company EvoEnergy transformed the council’s car parks into “energy hubs”, generating green electricity for buildings and electric vehicles. It installed 448 solar panels which are expected to have a […]

Cool solar savings for Nottingham ice rink

The National Ice Centre and Capital FM Arena in Nottingham cut their carbon footprint by more than 118 tonnes in the last year with a set of solar panels. With 1,000 panels, the solar system has now been on the rooftop for a year, cutting almost £40,000 off the centre’s energy bills so far. Nottingham installer […]

Nottingham investigates heat from sewage

Nottingham City Council is looking at whether it can add heat from sewage to its existing district heating network. Research funded by a Department of Energy and Climate Change grant is to be completed by the end of July. Gail Scholes, Head of Energy Services who is leading the project at Nottingham City Council said: […]

Anti-fracker scales Nottingham gas rig

An anti-fracking activist climbed a 15-metre-high drilling rig in Nottingham yesterday to protest against shale gas. Work at the site owned by exploration firm Dart Energy was halted in the early hours after he scaled the rig and unfurled a banner reading ‘No Fracking’ down one side. Pete Kennedy, campaigner for Frack Free South Yorkshire said: “Will has […]

UK’s biggest solar canopies to save city £33k

Nottingham is planning two large solar panel “canopies” on top of two car parks which will earn the City Council thousands of pounds. On Wednesday councillors approved plans for the first solar array at Queen’s Drive park and ride scheme which will generate £121,000 a year for the Council. The 4,000 solar panels will export […]

Nottingham waste and maize energy plant opens

A power plant fuelled by farm waste, manure and maize opened in Nottinghamshire yesterday. The new plant – built on a 2,500-acre family farm itself – uses anaerobic digestion (AD) to break the fuel into a biogas and then burns that to generate electricity. Developers say it is the UK’s largest on-farm AD facility to […]

26 local authorities snap up heat network cash

The Government is dishing out more than £1.9 million to 26 local authorities to kick-start heat network projects. Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester (pictured) and six London boroughs are among the lucky authorities to get grants ranging from £15,000 to £250,000 each. Heat networks supply heat to a number of buildings or homes from a central source, all […]