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Nottingham starts solar project

3 Oct 12 Nottingham-based EvoEnergy has signed a deal to install up to 8,000 solar panels on council buildings across the city.

The £3m project will see solar panels fitted to 50 buildings, including schools and council offices. Up to 2MW of generating capacity will be installed in total, the company said.

Under the contract between the council and the energy firm, the panels will be fitted by EvoEnergy free of charge and the council will pay a reduced rate for any solar power produced.

The first systems have already been fitted and the project is expected to be completed by the end of October.

Councillor Alan Clark, portfolio holder for energy and sustainability, said: “This just shows our commitment to making Nottingham a greener city. It is part of a whole host of renewable energy measures we are introducing across the city. It means we have a greener Nottingham and by buying the solar electricity at a reduced price we are protecting ourselves against increases in electricity charges in the future.”

EvoEnergy chief executive Dr Kevin Hard said: “The programme means everybody wins. The council gets guaranteed electricity below the market price and it cuts its carbon emissions.

Working with the council, we have recruited people locally to carry out the project and so it is also contributing to Nottingham’s economy.”

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