Residents living at a new Nottingham housing development are set to see their carbon emissions slashed once they sign up to their neighbourhood’s revolutionary Community Energy System.
Trent Basin, located on the banks of the River Trent just a stone’s throw from West Bridgford and Nottingham city centre, is trialling a national pilot for an ‘energy system of the future’ – which is to be fuelled by Europe’s largest community energy battery.
The Community Energy System at Trent Basin will create energy through solar panels, then store and distribute the energy to the grid and therefore to the homes, allowing residents to access easy local energy, in turn reducing their carbon emissions.
Blueprint, Nottingham’s specialist regeneration developer, is behind Trent Basin. Chief Executive Nick Ebbs said the innovative energy pilot at Trent Basin, which ultimately will comprise of 500 homes, will help to accelerate Nottingham’s development as the UK’s leading city in low carbon energy security.
He said: “What we are doing at Trent Basin is revolutionary in terms of energy creation and storage. Today, we realise that investment in reducing carbon emissions is key to our future and the future of generations to come.
“The technology we’re introducing at Trent Basin will help cut carbon emissions compared to traditional energy and is a game changer for the energy market. We believe it is a viable model for energy systems of the future.
“Our system definitely has the potential to become mainstream across larger housing developments too. The UK housing sector has been slow to adapt to meet the change in demand from consumers who want low energy homes – but our innovative system addresses that demand.”
The energy project at Trent Basin has been in planning for three years. It is being supported by £6m of grant funding from Innovate UK via two Energy Programmes, the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and Project SCENe (Sustainable Community Energy Networks). A consortium of partners has come together to deliver the scheme, including Blueprint, the University of Nottingham, AT Kearney, Smartklub, Siemens, URBED, Slam Jam, Stickyworld, Loughborough University and Solar Ready. It is supported by Nottingham City Council.
Phase one of Trent Basin, made up of 45 homes, has been extremely popular with homebuyers due to its stunning waterway vistas, wide streets, contemporary design and green credentials, with all properties in the first phase now sold. Phase two is set to launch imminently.
House prices at Trent Basin range from £225,000 to £400,000. For more information about the community, go to www.trentbasin.co.uk