Just over an acre of land…how much energy can we produce?

With just about enough space for a football pitch, or a few tennis courts, surely your expectations would be limited if you were embarking upon a project to build a sizeable power station? Even more so for a renewable energy plant, fed by waste wood or processed waste, where bulk storage of the feedstock is […]

Swindon Council plans giant battery storage facility

Swindon Borough Council has unveiled plans for one of the UK’s largest battery storage facilities. Its wholly-owned company Public Power Solutions (PPS) has submitted a planning application for the 50MW project, to be built at the former Mannington Depot. The batteries will be housed in containers with a 30-year lifespan and will be connected to […]

Swindon businesses hit the gas with new hydrogen cars

Businesses in Swindon have today taken delivery of new hydrogen cars as part of a government scheme. Arval, Nationwide and the National Trust have taken delivery of two Toyota Mirais and a Hyundai ix35 as part of the town’s Hydrogen Hub fuel cell technology project. The zero emission vehicles, which will be used as company pool cars, have been purchased with the […]

Council to build solar farm after successful bond offer

A second successful round of green bonds mean a new solar farm will be operational earlier than expected. The 5MW Chapel Farm Solar Park in Blunsdon, Swindon, is to enter construction next week after Abundance Energy’s solar bonds to help finance the project sold out more than a month ahead of schedule. The bond scheme raised more […]

National Grid opens waste to gas plant in Swindon

A plant which produces gas from household waste has been launched in Swindon. The bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) facility has a capacity of 22GWh and will process 100,000 tonnes of household waste. It will be used to supply gas to homes and businesses as well as fuel Heavy Good Vehicles. According to developers National Grid Gas […]

Huge public support for first UK council solar bonds

The first council solar bonds to be issued in the UK have closed ahead of its final deadline. The bonds, which sold out a month earlier than expected as a result of huge public interest, will fund the 5MW Swindon Community Solar Farm. They were open to anyone with a minimum investment of £5 and […]

Swindon launches first council solar bond

The first-ever council-run solar bond in the UK has officially been launched. Swindon Borough Council and the public will co-invest £4.8 million to build a 5MW community solar farm. People can invest as little as £5 in the project and expect a 6% return which will be paid twice every year, the council said. It […]

First UK council-run solar bonds offered

Residents in Swindon could have the opportunity to co-invest in a solar project with their local council. The 5MW Swindon Community Solar Farm project is subject to final approval from the cabinet which will consider the proposal on the 10th of February. If given the green light, people can invest directly in Council Solar Bonds […]

Wildlife trust asks locals to chip in to solar

A nature charity is asking locals to chip in funding for a big solar farm in Swindon. It’s hoping to raise £2.7 million in shares for the solar farm which will be built on land at the Brandon Manor Farm, near to a popular local attraction called the Maize Maze. The solar farm is to […]

UK opens first green hydrogen refuel station

The UK’s first commercial-scale hydrogen production and refuelling facility powered by solar energy has been opened. Located at Honda’s UK manufacturing site on the outskirts of Swindon, the new facility has been integrated into the existing hydrogen refuelling station which opened in September 2011. The consortium – which includes BOC, Commercial Group, Swindon Borough Council, […]