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Low Carbon partnership to power National Museum of Bermuda

54.32kW solar installation to support the island’s energy needs following the America’s Cup

London, UK – 1 February 2017 – Low Carbon, the UK-based renewable energy investment company and official renewable energy partner to Land Rover BAR, today announces it will help fund the installation of solar panels at the National Museum of Bermuda (NMB) in the Royal Naval Dockyard. The installation is expected to generate more than 93,600kWh of clean energy per year, contributing to a significant portion of the museum’s energy consumption needs and saving 43 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The project will not only contribute to the local economy but it will leave an important legacy to the museum and island in the ongoing battle to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. An immediate aim of the project will be to help offset the carbon footprint generated by the Land Rover BAR sailing team whilst competing in Bermuda during the America’s Cup 2017. When combined with Low Carbon’s previously connected solar installation at the sailing team’s base in Portsmouth (UK), both solar projects will save more than 100 tonnes of CO2 each year.

The ground mount solar project will be funded by Low Carbon as well as a generous private donation from The Stempel Foundation, long-term supporters of the museum. The solar installation will be made up of 194 high performance SolarWorld bifacial glass-on-glass monocrystalline silicon panels. The chosen solar panels are designed to harness the sunlight from the front and back of the panels and are guaranteed to provide a minimum of 30 years of energy production resulting in 1,220 tonnes of CO2 not being released into the atmosphere.

The solar installation has been specifically designed to withstand Bermuda’s corrosive, humid and hurricane prone environment. The entire project will be completed by renewable energy company BE Solar, a 100% Bermudian team. The 3,501 sq. ft. solar installation will be installed along the NMB’s Northwest Rampart that connects the old Casemate Barracks to the Commissioner’s House and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

Roy Bedlow, chief executive at Low Carbon comments on the news, “We continue to support Land Rover BAR as a sustainable sports team, and applaud their goal to minimise their impact on the precious resources of Bermuda. By partnering with them on this project, we will be aiming to produce enough energy to match and even exceed the amount that the team use whilst on the island. At the same time, we’ll be leaving an important sustainable legacy for Bermuda, as our project will keep producing renewable energy long after the team has left. It is exciting to be working with Land Rover BAR, local businesses and the museum to apply solar energy in an effective, targeted way that will benefit the people of Bermuda for years to come”.

Team Principal and Skipper for Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie commented, “We have set our goal to be the most sustainable sports team, and feel it is important for our team to have a minimum impact on Bermuda and leave a legacy behind us when we left Bermuda. The solar project is one of the most important projects to be delivered by our partners – although our goal is to take the Cup home, we want to leave plenty behind us that will benefit the island and its people”.

Chairman of National Museum of Bermuda, James Hallett said, “The National Museum is delighted to be the beneficiary of this Land Rover BAR legacy project and would like to thank Low Carbon and The Stempel Foundation for helping us to become more sustainable in terms of reducing our carbon footprint and operational costs. The solar panels will reduce our electricity bills by 20% allowing the Museum to concentrate its efforts on cultural heritage preservation. Also a major focus of our Museum is Bermuda’s maritime heritage, which makes this gift particularly relevant”.

Travis Burland, Sales & Engineering Director of BE Solar explained “This is an exciting legacy project for Bermuda and we are extremely proud to have been awarded this opportunity. Our team is looking forward to installing the most advanced solar installation in Bermuda, which will help the National Museum of Bermuda reduce their operating costs and offset their environmental impact well beyond the year 2047.”

For more information on the National Museum of Bermuda, please visit http://nmb.bm/visit/.

 

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About Low Carbon

Low Carbon is a privately owned investment company committed to the development and operation of renewable energy power production. Low Carbon invests into both renewable energy developers and projects across a range of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, anaerobic digestion, combined heat and power, concentrated solar power and energy storage. Low Carbon has a strong management team with a proven track record in the development, construction, financing and management of renewable energy assets. For UK solar alone, Low Carbon has funded and is operating more than 320MW. Low Carbon remains involved in the projects for the long term with a dedicated asset management team that manages assets on balance sheet and for third parties (unlisted and listed).

www.lowcarbon.com

 

About Land Rover BAR

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medallist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. Ben has developed and will lead a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.

Land Rover BAR is a commercial sporting team, with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support.

Sports teams represent key role models in society. This privileged position is not taken for granted at Land Rover BAR. The team believe our influence should extend far beyond the race course, and have put sustainability at the heart of operations since launching the team with Exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing in 2014.

The team have built a new headquarters in the centre of Portsmouth, the 74,000 sq ft. building houses all the team’s activities, and will welcome the public into its Tech Deck education centre.

The 1851 Trust is the team’s official charity, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is its Royal Patron.

Portsmouth will host a second Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series event on 21st-24th July 2016. Almost a quarter of a million spectators enjoyed the action in Portsmouth in 2015, with 25,000 of them taking to the water – more are expected to come back in 2016 to watch the racing and cheer for the home team.

LandRoverBAR.com #BringTheCupHome

http://land-rover-bar.americascup.com/

 

About the National Museum of Bermuda

The National Museum of Bermuda, formerly Bermuda Maritime Museum, is a non-government, not-for-profit Bermuda Registered Charity (No. 136). For four decades the Museum has been a steward of Bermuda’s cultural heritage, championing its preservation through collecting practices, exhibitions, restoration projects, conservation, research, publications, education and archaeology. http://nmb.bm/visit/

 

About BE Solar

BE Solar is a fourth-generation, 80 year old Bermudian company dedicated to providing the highest quality solar and energy efficiency solutions. BE Solar is focused on making a stronger and more secure Bermuda by supplying homes and businesses with holistic and comprehensive energy solutions. The BE Solar mission is to empower people and businesses to make the smartest investments that save money and strengthen the Bermudian economy.

http://www.besolar.bm/

Low Carbon secures two contracts in National Grid’s EFR tender

Low Carbon successfully secured two energy storage contracts in the National Grid’s recent Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender process. The tender process which was held in July 2016 saw National Grid procured 200MW of enhanced frequency response.

EFR is a service that allows rapid  (sub-second) response times to grid frequency or price signals resulting in potentially significant cost saving for National Grid. National Grid defines EFR as: a service that achieves 100% active power output at 1 second (or less) of registering a frequency deviation…  EFR is a new service that is being developed to improve management of the system frequency pre-fault, i.e. to maintain the system frequency closer to 50Hz under normal operation.

Highlights of the recent EFR tender are:

  • The National Grid has awarded eight significant energy storage contracts, as part of its inaugural Enhanced Frequency Response service tender
  • Low Carbon, a leading renewable energy investor, is one of just seven businesses to be awarded tenders – and the only business to be awarded two contracts
  • The two sites in Cleator, Cumbria and Glassenbury, Kent, will give the National Grid the ability to store 50 MW – greater capacity than any other provider named
  • The two deals are worth a combined £15.35 million. Work is estimated to start on the projects from December 2017 in Cleator, and March 2017 in Glassenbury

Roy Bedlow, Chief Executive, at Low Carbon, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been selected by the National Grid to deliver two significant energy storage projects in the UK. As a leading renewable energy investment company, operating a growing portfolio of more than 320MW of renewable assets, we are committed to making a positive and significant impact on the causes of climate change worldwide. We see energy storage as playing a crucial role in both the management of energy supply in the UK and in the wider uptake of renewable energy technologies nationwide in the future.

As the UK’s energy requirements continue to grow, energy storage has an essential role to play in ensuring that energy is always available where it is needed. As the energy industry moves away from carbon-heavy production, the twin-approach of renewable energy and storage will enable us to collectively combat the causes of climate change and achieve a global low-carbon future through carbon emissions reduction.”

 

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More details on the EFR and the tender winners can be found on the National Grid website here.

Land Rover BAR lead the way in sustainable sport with BREEAM Excellent building

Land Rover BAR are forging ahead in their goal to become the UK’s most sustainable professional sports team, now believed to be the first professional British sports team to operate from a BREEAM Excellent building.

The team’s new 74,000sq.ft waterfront home on Camber Quay received the accolade this week from the world’s leading arbiters of sustainable architecture. Used in more than 70 countries, BREEAM have issued more than 530,000 certificates on more than 24,000 projects around the world, and over 2.2 million buildings and communities are registered for certification.

Simon Guy from BREEAM commented, “Congratulations to Land Rover BAR achieving a first in the sailing world with the BREEAM Excellent rating for the Camber Quay HQ. BREEAM is an international standard that rewards exceptional sustainable design and construction – a real recognition of a strong vision and team effort from all concerned.”

The team have already seen their operations awarded the Olympic-inspired international standard, ISO 20121, providing a framework for delivery of sustainable operations throughout the team’s activities. Land Rover BAR is the only sports team in the UK to achieve the certification across all its activities. Now it has added to this accolade by achieving BREEAM Excellent standard.

The team takes its responsibility for addressing the issue of climate change seriously, and reducing carbon emissions through the design and build of their team base is just one element of their commitment to sustainability. Working alongside their Exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing, and with the help of Land Rover, BT and Low Carbon, they are committed to becoming the most sustainable sports team in the UK, and these two achievements set the team on the right path.

Jeremy Pochman, President of 11th Hour Racing commented, “We are proud of Land Rover BAR’s achievements and progress across the board of their sustainability strategy, which is highlighted in the team’s headquarters. The team’s base is a true testament to innovation, technology, long-term vision and sustainability – all elements that are integral to the mission of 11th Hour Racing. By investing in such a progressive structure, Land Rover BAR have demonstrated how smart sustainable design and construction can lead to enormous gains in terms of efficiency – not only as far as energy, but also at a competitive and sporting level. For 11th Hour Racing, this milestone of BREEAM excellent standard represents an unprecedented success story, and a legacy that will inspire the next generation of sailors, engineers, architects and fans across the world of sport.”

Opened in June 2015, the building contains many sustainability features.

Renewable Energy
This project has exciting implications for renewable energy. Because the Land Rover BAR philosophy is about educating and engaging locally, the project will be a fantastic showcase for how large buildings can be sustainable.”
Roy Bedlow, Founder and CEO, Low Carbon (Land Rover BAR’s renewable energy partner)

  • Low Carbon installed 432 Solar panels on 100% of the available roof space.
  • Solar panels generate 130 Mwh/yr and 20% of our energy.
  • Remaining electricity supplied by renewable sources.

Ecology
“The team have made a particular effort with this site to provide ecological enhancements that are suitable for the habitat and marine environment in which the site is situated, demonstrating a long term commitment to establishing a locally relevant enhancement of the species diversity of the site, using best practice and marine ecosystem conservation management.”
Tony Blunden, Ecologist, Aluco Ecology Ltd

  • 69 new species now find their home on the site, compared to eight prior to the development of the building.
  • Oysters were saved from a dredge site and relocated to 9m2 of protected oyster beds hosted on the team’s pontoon developed in partnership with our marina partner MDL Marinas to help restart a viable population of oysters in the Solent region.

The Atrium
“One of our favourite parts of the building is the Atrium; it allows a direct source of daylight to filter through from the top floor down through all levels to the heart of the workshop. It is also used to draw air up through the building, releasing it through glazed louvres to help regulate internal temperatures; all while providing visual interest and physical connection between the various functions and teams within the building.”
Vivienne Conway, architects, HGP Architects

  • Natural ventilation through the central atrium eliminates the need for a mechanical ventilation system.
  • All offices have direct access to natural daylight, reducing the demand for interior artificial light.

The Wrap
“A gigantic fabric wrap has been applied to much of the building façade, its translucency will still admit natural light to the interior, while reducing solar glare. It provides a layer of insulation, protecting the building fabric and retaining heat in winter like a coat.”
Phil Ward, environmental consultants, Couch Perry Wilkes

  • A heat saving air cushion of approximately 4-5 degrees around the building.
  • The fabric controls the amount of sunlight that enters the building, reducing energy used for cooling and so reduces the carbon emissions.

Low Carbon invests in Energy Networks Europe to champion smarter heating for the UK

Renewable energy investment company, Low Carbon acquires majority stake in combined heat and power (CHP) company, Energy Networks Europe

London, United Kingdom 19 July 2016 – Renewable energy investment company, Low Carbon today announces its initial investment in acquiring a majority stake in Energy Networks (Europe) Limited (ENE).

ENE is a joint venture between Low Carbon and a development consortium consisting of Urbis Living, which has been involved in the strategic redevelopment of large parts of South Bristol and First Generation (UK) Limited, a company that designs, builds and operates Combined Heat and Power energy networks to service communities and industrial and commercial processes.

Combined heat and power (CHP) is a process that cost effectively captures the heat produced in electricity generation and distributes this heat to local homes and businesses. Not only can CHP help to reduce energy usage, it can also reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% when compared to conventional generation.  ENE has been established for the purpose of developing and operating heat and power networks.

Low Carbon is a privately-owned UK investment company, investing in utility-scale projects including solar PV, wind, concentrated solar power and battery storage. The company is making significant strides to diversify its portfolio, realising the potential and opportunity of CHP and district heating.

Steve Mack, Head of Investments, Low Carbon commented, “It’s a truly exciting time to be investing in the heating and CHP market. Heating is the largest part of the energy demand in the UK, compromising an estimated 78% of UK consumer energy bills which have rocketed by 170% over the last 10 years. Furthermore, heating is also the largest contributor to CO2 levels emitted in the UK. The future lies in well-designed and planned CHP plants which will provide lower energy costs for consumers, contribute to local and national energy security, and ultimately help in reducing carbon emissions.”

As part of its investment, Low Carbon will fund the development of all district heating projects that are developed by ENE. The first of which is the Bedminster project, in which Low Carbon and ENE are working together to build a replicable, scalable development and financing model for the formation of district heating networks across the UK.

Urbis Living is the lead project developer on the Bedminster project, and is coordinating with Bristol City Council on the deployment of the heat network. Full planning is expected by end of July 2016, with construction of the site to begin in Q4 2016, and the first heat offtake expected in Q3 2017. The regeneration of Bedminster could deliver up to a total of 1,000 new homes, powered by highly efficient CHP.

Duncan Valentine – Director, ENE confirmed – “We are thrilled to be partnering with Low Carbon in developing our pipeline of large scale district heating projects.  Together, we are building a new asset class capable of delivering CO2 reductions, combat fuel poverty and achieve investment grade returns.”

Martin Pickard, Investment Director at Low Carbon added “We see a bright future for ENE and further projects in the pipeline. ENE has identified a project pipeline of c.100MW across 19 sites currently being considered for district heat networks. Many of these are backed by DECC, who have provided a total of £9.4 million to local councils across the country to conduct studies into the feasibility of district heating deployment. The momentum is building for the support, design and build of CHP plants across the UK.”

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About Low Carbon

Low Carbon is a privately owned investment company committed to the development and operation of renewable energy power production. Low Carbon invests into both renewable energy developers and projects across a range of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, anaerobic digestion, concentrated solar power and energy storage. Low Carbon has a strong management team with a proven track record in the development, construction, financing and management of renewable energy assets. For UK solar alone, Low Carbon has funded and is operating more than 320MW. Low Carbon remains involved in the projects for the long term with a dedicated asset management team that currently manages assets on balance sheet and for third parties (unlisted and listed).

www.lowcarbon.com

About Energy Networks Europe (ENE)

ENE is a developer, funder and operator of community heat & power networks.   ENE take a unique approach to energy projects by combining their energy and real estate experience to deliver fit for purpose solutions which provide long term, secure, cost effective, efficient and low carbon energy to large consumers and communities. ENE considers all stakeholders in its projects designs by treating all developments as combined energy and real estate projects.

www.energy-networks.eu/

About Urbis Living

Urbis Living is owned and managed by senior construction industry professionals with a vision to create attractive, high quality, environmentally sustainable, urban properties. The business has grown substantially and is now one of the fastest growing developers in the region. Urbis Living manages the full development process from site acquisition to sale, using a team of established professionals, including architects, contractors and craftspeople to create modern homes that fit successfully within the community in which they are built and breathing new life into a range of buildings and sites of architectural interest.  Urbis Living has developments in the best and most interesting, established and up-and-coming locations in the South West.

About First Generation (UK)

First Generation (UK) Limited (“FirstGen”) is a company that designs, builds and operates energy networks to service communities and industrial processes throughout the UK with a key focus of supplying low carbon heat via gas fired CHP assets.  FirstGen principals have extensive experience in energy, engineering and finance and leverage value from each part of the development chain that facilitates higher efficiency than traditional models

Low Carbon demonstrates the power of the elements at Land Rover BAR’s new Tech Deck

Interactive educational centre offers unique perspective of sustainability in sport

20 May 2016 – Land Rover BAR’s new interactive “Tech Deck” Education Centre was officially opened by Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge – the Royal Patron of the team’s official charity, the 1851 Trust. The Duchess was joined at the opening by Land Rover BAR Team Principal and Skipper Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of the 1851 Trust.

The ‘Tech Deck’ offers visitors a unique behind-the-scenes experience with hands-on interactive exhibits, enabling young people to get close to the boats, technologies and sustainability initiatives that will enable the team to fly faster, sail smarter and be more sustainable – the goal being to bring the America’s Cup home for the first time in its 165-year history.

The ‘Tech Deck’ has been developed for Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum with the aim of nurturing young peoples’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Throughout the education centre, interactive exhibits demonstrate the role that science, technology and sustainability play in building a leading sporting team.

In support of the team’s quest to be sustainable, Low Carbon the renewable energy investor and renewable energy partner to Land Rover BAR, has developed three interactive displays highlighting how the team is harnessing tidal, wind and solar energy to help them achieve the best possible performance while being as sustainably as possible.

In 2015, Low Carbon installed a commercial rooftop solar installation at the home of Land Rover BAR with a generating capacity of 114kW. A key feature of the Tech Deck and the sustainability display is that the solar panels installed at the base are visible from the Education Centre, helping to bring renewable energy to life for the next generation.

More recently, Low Carbon in collaboration with Land Rover BAR, invested in a new rooftop solar installation at the Northern Parade Schools in Portsmouth. Both installations – saving a combined 90 tonnes of CO2 each year – provide the team and the schools with free electricity, with all subsidy revenues being to the benefit of the 1851 Trust.

 

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About Low Carbon

Low Carbon is a privately owned investment company committed to the development and operation of renewable energy power production. Low Carbon invests into both renewable energy developers and projects across a range of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and concentrated solar power. Low Carbon has a strong management team with a proven track record in the development, construction, financing and management of renewable energy assets. For UK solar alone, Low Carbon has funded the development of more than 317MW. Low Carbon remains involved in the projects for the long term with a dedicated asset management team that currently manages assets on balance sheet and for third parties (unlisted and listed).

www.lowcarbon.com

 

About Land Rover BAR

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) was launched on June 10th 2014 in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. The team was conceived by four times Olympic gold medalist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, with the long-term aim of challenging for Britain and bringing the America’s Cup back home to where it all began in 1851. Ben has developed and will lead a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve. Land Rover BAR is a commercial sporting team, with a number of individual private investors alongside corporate partners. The team is made up of some of the best British and international sailors, designers, builders and racing support. Sports teams represent key role models in society. This privileged position is not taken for granted at Land Rover BAR. The team believe our influence should extend far beyond the race course, and have put sustainability at the heart of operations since launching the team with Exclusive Sustainability Partner 11th Hour Racing in 2014. The team have built a new headquarters in the centre of Portsmouth, the 74,000 sq ft. building houses all the team’s activities, and will welcome the public into a Visitor Centre hosted by the 1851 Trust. The Trust is the team’s official charity, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is its Royal Patron.

www.land-rover-bar.americascup.com

 

About the 1851 Trust

The 1851 Trust aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future, and stewards of the marine environment. The Trust is supported by Land Rover BAR, the team to bring the America’s Cup back to Britain – a trophy that left these shores in 1851, a trophy that Britain has never won.

www.1851trust.org.uk