Innovative solar framework for Nottingham

Nottingham City Council has launched a renewable energy framework to boost the growing number of solar projects in the city and build on its reputation as the UK’s Smartest City for energy.

The council is increasingly looking at solar to meet its large energy demand and make use of available roof space, generating 1,200,000kwh per year on its 40 solar systems, reducing its yearly energy bill by over £90,000. The council now expects to spend over £3 million on installing new systems over the next three years.

The energy framework will ensure that the council is getting value for money when buying goods and services while at the same time using its buying power to improve the local economy and help create local jobs.

Graham Chapman, council deputy leader, said: “Our procurement process will support our local economy, create jobs and deliver value for money for our citizens. As well as supporting local business, the council’s solar pipeline will support our commitment to tackle climate change while reducing our operating costs and protecting frontline services. Nottingham is a leading city in the UK in terms of energy and climate change and it’s a great step forward that we can support other cities by opening up this framework to them.”

Nottingham is also on track to meet its target to generate 20 per cent of its energy needs from renewables by 2020.