Exeter City Council has announced plans to build its first solar farm and battery storage project. The plant, which had its preparatory work finished recently, will be built on an inactive landfill site and will comprise of a 1.2MW array of 3,702 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, two battery storage containers and an electrical switch room. A 1MW/2MWh battery with a separate connection will provide renewable energy supply to the council’s nearby operations facility. The local authority says the renewable supply from the project is also expected to support the future electrification of the council’s operational fleet.
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EXPERTS drawing up £8 billion plans to transform Edinburgh into a carbon neutral city in ten years’ time are investigating harnessing hot air trapped under the capital’s parks in a bid to end gas central heating. The Edinburgh Climate Commission has been set up to help co-ordinate a pledge for the city to become carbon net zero by 2030 – 15 years ahead of the Scottish Government’s ambition. The commission has drawn up a list of principles for Edinburgh to prioritise in its mission to eradicate carbon emissions – with the city’s heating system and transport network as key catalysts. The independent commission is calling on city leaders and the Scottish Government to commit to a green recovery from Covid-19 to eliminate carbon emissions and to create jobs as the economy is rebuilt. Sam Gardner, chairman of the commission, has warned that “the climate emergency hasn’t gone away”.
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Today, the Edinburgh Climate Commission has published its report ‘Forward, Faster, Together: Recommendations for a Green Economic Recovery in Edinburgh’, which you can download using the link at the end of the page. The Edinburgh Climate Commission is an independent body working to accelerate action on climate change in Edinburgh. The Commission established just as Covid-19 took hold and has produced this, its first report, for all who have a role in how Edinburgh recovers from the pandemic. Our recommendations for a green recovery respond to the compound crisis of Covid-19 and climate change. Covid has challenged our city and shown what is possible when we all align behind the science for a collective, urgent response. As the focus shifts to recovery, we must seize this moment to deliver a better future for Edinburgh. A green recovery is one that delivers for the long term; that catalyses job creation into growth industries, empowers citizens, improves public health and drives innovation while all the time removing our contribution to the climate crisis.
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