Author Archives: Low Carbon

08.01.18

VLC Energy unveils UK’s largest battery storage portfolio

8 January 2018. VLC Energy has announced the completion of the UK’s largest portfolio of utility-scale, enhanced frequency response battery storage sites to support grid flexibility and increase reliance on low-carbon forms of electricity generation. VLC Energy is a joint venture between Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment company, and VPI Immingham, owner of one of the largest combined heat and power plants in Europe and part of the Vitol Group.

The 50MW portfolio, which is now grid connected, spans two sites including a 40MW battery park in Glassenbury in Kent and a 10 MW battery park located at Cleator in Cumbria. The two sites secured contracts as part of 2016’s 200MW National Grid Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction, and will deliver a quarter of the auction’s capacity.

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13.12.17

A Green Apple for bee keeping

Low Carbon’s bee keeping sustainability project, run in partnership with Plan Bee, has been awarded a Green Apple gold award for its contribution to sustainability and environmental best practice.

The project, which was established in 2015, has seen the establishment of 25 bee hives across five of Low Carbon’s solar farms, housing more than two million bees. The hives were installed to help support a dwindling UK bee population, with the hives also used to raise awareness of the impact of climate change.

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23.10.17

Understanding honey bee behaviour

Warren Bader from Plan Bee shares his expertise and insight on honey bee behaviour and their critical role in the food chain

Understanding honey bee behaviour is crucial. Seventy-five per cent of food crops are dependent on animal pollination but, globally, we are facing a pollinator crisis due to a perfect storm of habitat loss, intensive agriculture, climate change, pests and disease. A big problem for honey bees is lack of suitable habitat for foraging brought about by the loss of hedgerows, woodland and meadows rich in plant species.

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24.05.17

Low Carbon powers up the National Museum of Bermuda with solar installation

23 May 2017. UK-based renewable energy investment company Low Carbon, the official renewable energy partner to Land Rover BAR, has announced the completion of a partnership project to install solar panels at the National Museum of Bermuda, drastically reducing the museum’s carbon emissions.

The solar panel installation was funded through a partnership with Low Carbon, Land Rover BAR and a generous donation from the Stempel Foundation, with installation led by local company BE Solar. The panels will help offset the energy used by Land Rover BAR while competing in Bermuda during this year’s America’s Cup, and will contribute to the team’s efforts to be the world’s most sustainable sports team.

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08.05.17

Looking ahead to COP23 – a global movement for climate action

It may seem like a long way off – but we have started to think about the upcoming COP23 conference in Bonn, where themes like climate finance and the circular economy are going to take centre stage.

At Low Carbon, we have recognised the tremendous potential of financing industrial grade energy storage projects, to create a cleaner and more secure energy future, whilst also supporting in this shift to a more circular economic model. Our partnership with VPI Immingham to create ‘VLC Energy’ will see the development of two of the UK’s largest energy storage plants in Cumbria and Kent, which will be connected to the grid by end of year. Renewable energy is playing an increasingly important role in the UK’s energy mix and as this role expands, the development of energy storage plants will be central to the future success of the UK’s energy network.

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