Public Power Solutions (PPS), a wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Local Government Chronicle award in the environment category, for its innovative approach to solar development.
2016 is the 20 anniversary of the LGC awards, and the environment category marks excellence in any aspect of councils’ work in environmental services. PPS is shortlisted for its Solar Development Services alongside eight other local authorities or projects.
PPS has developed several local ground-mount and rooftop solar projects which are generating enough renewable electricity for 16,500 typical homes and saving 28,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Many of these projects offer additional environmental benefits, such as wildflower meadows at the Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy solar park at Braydon Manor, near Swindon; beehives at Wroughton solar park; and remediation of old landfill sites such as at Chapel Farm near Swindon.
PPS is now using its expertise and experience to help other public sector organisations throughout the UK maximise their renewable energy assets while PPS takes on the risk.
James Owen, Commercial Director, Public Power Solutions, said: “The team is very pleased to be shortlisted for such a prestigious national award in recognition of the innovative work we are doing in solar development.
“Not only are we working with Swindon Council to increase local renewable energy generation and cut carbon emissions, but we’re also helping other public sector organisations throughout the UK to generate revenue through rent, business rates and investment opportunities, while saving taxpayers’ money on council energy bills.
“Our unique model prioritises environmental improvements and biodiversity, and puts the local community first, sharing solar ownership among private and public sectors and the community.
The winners of each category will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on March 16 2016.
Local Government Chronicle editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows that a council’s work in this particular area is something that can inspire the rest of local government.
“We have had, just about, a record number of organisations entering this year’s awards, making the competition stiffer than ever. The quality of the entries goes to show that councils are striving to innovate to improve services at a time they must cut costs.”