9 March 2018. Land Rover BAR and renewables investment company Low Carbon have announced the extension of their renewables partnership, with Low Carbon to remain the team’s clean energy partner for the 36th America’s Cup campaign.
Through the partnership, Low Carbon will support the British Challenger Land Rover BAR’s commitment to leading the way in sustainability in sport and the marine industry through the installation of additional solar paneling at its base in Portsmouth and the installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points.
Low Carbon has been the official renewable energy partner of Land Rover BAR since 2015. Low Carbon has previously supported the team’s renewable energy requirements with a 114.89kW solar installation at the base and a 67.2kW solar installation at the local Northern Parade School, also providing educational resources on the importance of renewable energy and tackling climate change.
Low Carbon additionally co-funded the installation of the largest ground-mounted solar project in Bermuda for the country’s national museum in 2017, helping to offset Land Rover BAR’s carbon footprint while training and competing in the 35th America’s Cup.
The combined solar installations are helping to save more than 130 tonnes of CO2 each year and, with the increased solar capacity and new EV chargers installed under the extended partnership, the team will be able to further reduce its carbon footprint and produce more clean energy, supporting its commitment to sustainability.
Roy Bedlow, co-founder of Low Carbon, said:
“We’re delighted to extend our partnership and work with Land Rover BAR as they strive to win the 36th America’s Cup. The team’s goal of leading the way in sustainability through the Power of Partnerships is a fantastic example we’re committed to supporting. Our work together has not only helped tangibly reduce electricity costs and carbon emissions, it is helping to educate the public and particularly young people about the importance of tackling climate change.”
Jo Grindley, Chief Commercial Officer Land Rover BAR, said:
“We are grateful for Low Carbon’s continued support, enabling us to minimise our carbon footprint and produce more renewable energy at our bases. We are excited to start planning future legacy and education projects and hope we can inspire others to make the change to clean energy.”
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 PV, wind, combined heat and power, concentrated solar power, energy efficiency 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. 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).
About Land Rover BAR
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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 believes our influence should extend far beyond the race course, and have put sustainability at the heart of operations since launching the team.
The team has set up a permanent headquarters in the centre of Portsmouth, the 74,000 sq ft. building houses all the team’s activities, and welcomes the public into its Tech Deck and Education Centre. The 1851 Trust is the team’s official charity, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is its Royal Patron.
In January 2016, the team committed to supporting talented young British sailors, and creating a structured pathway into the America’s Cup by launching the Land Rover BAR Academy. The youth team compete in the global Extreme Sailing Series and the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.
Land Rover BAR won the 2015/16 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, racing in identical 45-foot foiling catamarans. Land Rover BAR Academy duplicated this success by winning the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, competing against 12 other nations, claiming the title in Bermuda in 2017.
Land Rover BAR went on to exit their first America’s Cup at the semi-final stage and are now preparing their challenge for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021, continuing the journey to bring the Cup home.
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