In a Scottish region full of rugby enthusiasts, Gala Rugby Club lies at the heart of the local community in the Galashiels area. The Netherdale stadium, located close to the River Tweed, has been the home of the Club since 1912. Having recently started to seek ways to renovate the facilities and cut operational costs, the club engaged with Resource Efficient Scotland to look at ways to reduce its water and energy bills.
The Club benefitted from initial support from Resource Efficient Scotland in the form of an on-site assessment that focused on measures to reduce the costs for heating, lighting and water. In total potential savings worth over £21,000 were identified through reducing energy and water consumption.
While installing a new heating system was recommended, this was put on hold as it was reported that Scottish Water might be planning to install an anaerobic digestion plant close to Gala Rugby Club. It was thought the new plant might include a district heating system, which was likely to be a cheaper and more sustainable heating option for the Club than other heating options.
During the initial assessment, using photovoltaic (PV) technology was considered, but the site/facilities were not used significantly over the summer period, so it was decided that this was unlikely to be an economically attractive option. However, in the summer of 2015, the Scottish Rugby Union asked to use the facilities at Gala Rugby Club for various sporting activities including significant use over the summer. This made the case for PV technology more attractive. Therefore, the Club applied for and received a Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan to help it purchase and install PV panels.
It is expected that the PV installation will provide the Club with around 70% of its electricity consumption. This will reduce its annual energy costs by nearly £6,000 and carbon dioxide emissions by around 11 tonnes.
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Initiator and Pilot of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard, publically announced his support for Formula E at the Supercharged show this week.
He welcomed the all-electric car race series and cited them as a leader in raising awareness about electric cars and in showing that they can be as practical and quick as fuel-powered cars.
Supercharged Presenter, Nicki Shields, said: “Formula E is for car racing, what Solar Impulse is for aviation… It’s a new laboratory showing how clean technology can be sexy. It’s not anymore about something that is boring and expensive; it’s something that really attracts the awareness of people. It’s spectacular.”
The Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, completed the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the world last summer.
The solar plane was equipped with 17,000 solar cells and four batteries which were powering four engines.
Bertrand Piccard said: “It feels like science fiction… You look at the sun and you look at your four electric motors turning the propellers and you have no noise, no pollution, no fuel and you know you can fly forever … it’s the wonders and miracles that clean technologies can achieve.”
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Via Business Wire
Legend Solar, one of the fastest-growing solar power companies in the West, announced today it is the three-year presenting sponsor of the Portland Trail Blazers Energy Green Game, which includes a promotional sponsorship that involves branding and concourse activities throughout each season.
The Legend Solar sponsorship helps support the Trail Blazers’ efforts to protect the planet and community to ensure a brighter future for generations to come.
“As a solar power provider, we are committed to saving energy through solar power initiatives and supporting the communities in which we do business,” said Shaun Alldredge, co-founder and co-owner of Legend Solar. “Our sponsorship with the Portland Trail Blazers allows us to support one of our favorite sports teams, and help improve the quality of people’s lives through education about solar power.”
The Trail Blazers’ Energy Green Game will be held April 8 against the Utah Jazz. As the presenting sponsor, Legend Solar will educate fans about the benefits of solar power for their homes and businesses. Throughout each season of the sponsorship, Legend Solar will also hold concourse events for fans to interact and learn more about solar power, in addition to participating in various promotional activities at Trail Blazers’ games and on trailblazers.com.
“Solar is providing clean energy alternatives,” said Trail Blazers Senior Vice President of Revenue Steve Scott. “Our partnership with Legend Solar will allow us to utilize our Energy Green Game as a platform to educate our fans on clean energy alternatives and encourage them to take action in their communities.”
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