New Nottingham City Council green energy site

Victoria Leisure Centre has become Nottingham City Council’s 43rd commercial solar site as the authority builds on its renewable energy capacity to further reduce its carbon footprint.

The new solar too at the Victoria Leisure Centre will also reduce the council’s running costs, generating free green electricity for the use of the centre and saving an estimated £4,000 a year.

It will also generate an income of £1,500 for the council via the Feed in Tariff (FIT), a a government subsidy for the generation of renewable electricity.

The centre has already been able to reduce its energy demand for lighting by 64 per cent through the installation of an LED lighting system by the council’s Energy Projects Service.

This solar panel scheme is part of a broader solar delivery programme managed by Nottingham City Council which seeks to install solar panel infrastructure on commercial sites.

The council’s Energy Projects Service has surveyed land and buildings across the city to identify opportunities where space can be further utilised so it can also generate cost savings and income via solar power.

Further cost savings were achieved as the solar installation was carried out in-house by the council’s Energy Delivery Team. This team has developed in response to the large number of energy-related projects that the council is undertaking, creating opportunities for a local workforce to develop skills in installing sustainable energy technologies.

Dave Liversidge, portfolio holder for energy and sustainability at Nottingham City Council, said: “The money saved on Victoria Leisure Centre’s energy bill will ensure that this much loved community resource continues to be a viable service for the local population. Solar energy will save the authority money on energy and generate a return through green energy subsidies. Considering the positive environmental benefits too, this is great all round for Nottingham.”

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