Nottingham will be the home of enough solar panels to cover two football pitches. 7000 solar panels will be built over two sites in the city.
Plans have been approved for two sites to be built at Queen’s Drive and Colwick Park and Ride terminals. The work will be completed by April 2015.
The Queen’s Drive site alone will generate £121,000 a year for the Council, with £25,000 worth of electricity being exported to the national grid.
The panels will increase Nottingham’s solar energy production by 400%. This will help fuel Nottingham’s electric bus fleet, which is one of the largest in Europe. The panels are predicted to provide up to 50% of their fuel.
The solar panels with provide a roof over the current Park and Ride terminals.
The construction of the sites is expected to provide a boost to the local economy by creating jobs for the nearby communities.
“…boosts our reputation as being the UK’s most sustainable and innovative energy city…” – Councillor Alan Clark
Nottingham is quickly becoming one of the greenest cities in the country. According to Nottingham City Council, “The City Council is developing this solar renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions…the Council has already provided solar panels on 3,235 out of the 3,580 homes in Nottingham that have registered solar panels.”
Councillor Alan Clark, the City Council’s leader on Energy and Sustainability, expanded on this statement, “Harvesting power from our urban energy farms means that we can gather a large amount of sustainable energy for the city. This not only boosts our reputation as being the UK’s most sustainable and innovative energy city, it will provide locally sourced energy for local people.”
Other counties in the East Midlands are also considering utilising solar energy. Leicestershire County Council recently announced that it was considering plans to install solar panels on the council buildings to help cut rising energy bills.