Three-quarters of UK local authorities have now declared a climate emergency but a snap poll has suggested the majority (60%) have difficulty accessing the data they need to make informed and effective decisions that will support the development of local energy projects that are key to achieving Net Zero. Energy Systems Catapult understands most local authorities have access to a wide range of data sources such as; GIS data, housing data and energy data, that are needed to enable local energy project development and implementation. However, the level of granularity of the data and the lack of tools and expertise that are needed to analyse the data sets to provide the evidence and demonstrate the benefits these projects can deliver needs addressing. While working with a number of local authorities to develop Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES), the Catapult has identified the need for both national and local initiatives not only to improve data access and availability but also to build or acquire the skills needed to process that data to inform investment and planning decisions. Eric Brown, Chief Technology Officer at Energy Systems Catapult said: “Local authorities have a pivotal role to play in achieving Net Zero but they need access to data of sufficient quality and granularity to enable them to act successfully. Smart local energy systems will be an important part of this.
Energy Systems Catapult 25th Jan 2021 read more »
West Berkshire Council has announced plans for a new £10 million solar farm to help in its transition to carbon neutrality by 2030. The farm could be built on land near Grazeley, the council stated, and consist of more than 45,000 solar panels installed over 75 acres of council-owned land. According to the feasibility study, the solar farm could offset around 30% of the council’s carbon footprint, including the estimated footprint of contractors working on its behalf. Funding for the project will be included in the capital strategy and submitted for council approval on 2 March 2021.
Solar Power Portal 28th Jan 2021 read more »