Nottingham City Council scooped The Nottingham Post Environmental Innovation award for its solar car park canopy at Harvey Hadden Sports Village.

The solar carport innovation has given the popular Sports Village the means to generate and use free, green electricity on site through a structure that spans 40 car parking spaces. It is estimated that the carport will save around 493 tons of CO2 emissions from being produced each year, which equates to the emissions from 225 cars a year. The City Council’s Major Programmes and Energy Infrastructure teams led this initiative, working in partnership with EvoEnergy.

Nottingham City Council is the first council to install a solar carport, once again showing leadership for the public sector in developing solar panel schemes to further utilise property stock.

The Nottingham Post organises its prestigious annual awards to recognise organisations and individuals across Nottinghamshire which are working to protect our environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

Councillor Alan Clark, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, said: “It was an honour to be at the Nottingham Post awards surrounded by so many people who were working hard to ensure that Nottinghamshire and the city have a more sustainable future.

“There were lots of fantastic initiatives highlighted over the course of the evening and we were very proud to be among them and delighted to win the award. The car park canopy has been a great addition to help Harvey Hadden reduce its carbon footprint and save the leisure centre money at the same time.”

The Council had a further success on the night with the SCoRE project reaching the finals for the Public Sector Environmental Initiative award. The SCoRE project offers all schools and community groups across Nottingham the opportunity to receive free expert support, advice and finance to deliver behavioural change and energy efficiency measures.

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