Long-serving City Councillor Alan Clark, who died last year, has received a posthumous award for his outstanding contribution to the solar industry at this year’s prestigious Solar Power Portal Awards. The awards aim to recognise leadership, innovation and best practice in the field of renewable and clean energy. Cllr Alan Clark was the Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability from 2011 to 2016 and took a leading role in making Nottingham the UK’s most energy self-sufficient city. Cllr Clark identified solar as a key part of Nottingham’s sustainable journey as it lends itself to accelerating other council priorities such as tackling fuel poverty and income generation to protect front line services at the same time as meeting environmental responsibilities to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions. Solar projects overseen by Cllr Clark include. One the largest UK solar panel schemes on social housing for over 4,000 homes. Solar systems at over 45 council sites. UK’s first publically owned solar car parks. Insourcing the project management and delivery of sustainable projects to reduce costs. The launch of a renewable energy framework to boost the growing number of solar projects in the city. As well as rolling out solar projects across the city, Cllr Clark was instrumental in thousands of homes and businesses being connected to the district heating system and external wall insulation being fitted to thousands of homes, as well as setting up Robin Hood Energy, the UK’s first council-owned energy company which has now ‘gone green’.
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