green energy

We are through!

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Well to be more accurate Edwalton Primary Schools EnergyShare bid has got through to the next round! I blogged about this a few weeks ago and after some last-minute vote collecting we appear to have made it through to the second round.

We were in the top 100 groups out of 939 registered. At 46th we are in the top 5% for number of supporters, a really good result and worthy of a pat on the back for all of our supporters!

The next round requires a written application detailing why the school should be included in the last 10. The applications will be assessed by River Cottage, Friends of the Earth and British Gas.

As a school with a history of sustainability, a green ethos and its own farm, we should have a good chance with the judges – especially as one of them is Hugh Fernly-Whittingstall of River Cottage fame! The school has been a beacon of sustainability and environmental education under the headship of Brian Owens, and with the commitment of the staff, students and wider school community I think Edwalton stands a great chance!

Take a look and add your support if you think we deserve to go further in this competition.

Nottingham “Energy Park” planned

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Plans for a low-carbon business park have been unveiled by Nottingham City Council. It is hoped the site will boost the city’s economy by creating jobs and attracting inward investment. The “energy park”, which is to be located on Blenheim Lane in Bulwell, hopes to supply competitively priced power and heat to co-located business units.

The City Council are inviting representatives from a range of private sector organisations to launch the project at an event on 28 January at the council’s headquarters at Loxley House.

The council is proposing to take a phased approach to the project development “in order to minimise cost and risk”. Following the event the Council will review the feedback, and issue a Prior Information Notice (PIN), providing further details about the project, and inviting interested parties to explain how they can support and contribute to the project in a formal Expression of Interest (EOI).

The Council is keen to work with partners to explore innovative technologies that generate renewable energy which could not only supply a co-located business park but can also benefit the existing Blenheim Lane industrial estate and any other nearby development opportunities that arise in the future. The Council believes that a new business park in Bulwell would support the growth or relocation of existing businesses and also attract new companies into the city, particularly those in the expanding ‘green tech’ sector.

A decision on the best means of progressing the project will be taken following a full evaluation of the expressions of interest and other market analysis later in the spring.

This is a positive and forward-looking move by the Council in the current climate. Lets hope there is a good level of support for the scheme.