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edie Explains: Onsite generation

Is onsite energy generation right for your business? What are the technology options and how do you choose the right one? This edie explains business guide, produced in association with Centrica Business Solutions, has the answers.

In action: The Langham London hotel's aerobic digestion of food waste

In March 2018, the 5-star Langham London hotel embarked on a site-wide behavioural and infrastructural overhaul to divert food waste from landfill through an innovative recycling system introduced by Orca Enviro Systems.

edie Explains: Onsite solar

What is onsite solar and how could it work for a business? What are the business benefits from installing onsite solar? And what considerations and funding opportunities need to be examined to build the business case? This free edie Explains guide gives you everything you need to know.

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 11am on 31 May, and will be available on-demand afterwards

Learning from the leaders in onsite generation: edie's webinar available on demand

The hour-long webinar that explores how the National Trust and Carlsberg are using onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption is now available to watch on demand.

Incorporating expert sessions and live audience Q&A, the webinar is free to watch live at 11am on 31 May, and will be available on-demand afterwards

One week left to register for onsite renewables webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to explore the options on onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption are encouraged to tune into a free webinar next week, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

Smart heating has been installed along with the solar arrays to minimise energy consumption at Premier Inn hotels

Whitbread to expand onsite solar to 70 more Premier Inn hotels

The UK's largest hospitality company, Whitbread, will roll out its onsite solar array scheme to a further 70 of its Premier Inn locations this year to help it meet its "industry-leading" science-based target.

Using real-experience case studies, this hour-long session will hear from some of the leaders in onsite generation

Powering ahead: Carlsberg and National Trust to discuss onsite renewables in edie's next webinar

Individuals and organisations looking to explore the options on onsite technology to drive renewables use and lower energy consumption are encouraged to tune into a free webinar later this month, featuring expert insight from Carlsberg, the National Trust and Centrica Business Solutions.

Historic Environment Scotland worked with Royal Household to reduce carbon emissions at the Palace of Holyroodhouse by 40%

UK charities and heritage sites saved £7m through onsite renewables in 2017

More than 100 not-for-profit organisations, including the National Trust, RSPB and Oxfam, have collectively saved almost £7m on energy procurement costs from fossil fuel sources, after generating more than 48GWh on renewable energy to power estates in 2017.

The webinar, hosted in association with EnerNOC, will incorporate a live audience Q&A involving the three speakers

Taking place TODAY: edie's webinar on delivering 'smart grid of the future'

Taking place today 20 March at 11am (BST), the hour-long webinar will explore how clean technologies and innovations such as battery storage and demand response can drive efficiency, cut costs and enhance energy strategies.

The new RNG deal is expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to eight million litres of petrol annually

L'Oreal signs landfill gas deal to achieve carbon neutrality in US

Global cosmetic firm L'Oréal intends to reach carbon neutrality across all of its US-based manufacturing and distribution facilities, after signing a deal to procure renewable natural gas (RNG) from a landfill site in Kentucky.

EXCLUSIVE: edie Explains Solar PPAs guide published

A power purchase agreement (PPA), is a contract between an energy generator and an energy buyer or 'end-user'. PPAs can provide a fixed price for energy generated over the duration of the contract, removing exposure to energy price volatility and allowing for accurate and predictable cost planning.

edie Explains: Solar PPAs

A power purchase agreement (PPA), is a contract between an energy generator and an energy buyer or ‘end-user’. PPAs can provide a fixed price for energy generated over the duration of the contract, removing exposure to energy price volatility and allowing for accurate and predictable cost planning.

Bywaters has reduced its carbon emissions by around 45% and saved more than 640 tonnes of CO2 since February 2016

In practice: London's largest solar retrofit project

Waste management firm Bywaters has dramatically reduced its energy usage and achieved near self-sufficiency following the delivery of a 1MW solar retrofit project at its plant in East London.

By using waste heat, CHP plants can reach efficiency ratings as high as 80%, compared with the efficiency of gas-fired power stations which is around 50% in the UK

edie publishes free business guide to CHP

Organisations and professionals with an interest in deploying combined heat & power (CHP) systems to reduce emissions and save on energy costs now have access to a free 'edie explains' guide which answers all of the key questions surrounding the technology.

The new solar PV system consists of 2,902 individual panels, each of which measures 1.6 m², which will supply 39% of the daytime electricity used in the mall areas of the centre

'The jewel in the crown': Landsec drives towards science-based target with Britain's biggest shopping centre solar installation

The UK's largest commercial property developer has today (11 August) flicked the switch on a giant rooftop solar system at a shopping centre in Leeds, kicking off a 12-month investment programme in onsite sustainability across its estate.

Biogas trials have been conducted by Wyke Farms tractors, but range is still an issue

Political barriers hampering onsite biodiesel production

EXCLUSIVE: Biomethane generated from food and drinks process residues is emerging as a viable low-carbon alternative to diesel used in commercial vehicles, but a lack of political clarity has left the food sector "scratching the surface" of a potential closed-loop, onsite fuel system.

The company is now exploring the potential to utilise more on-site solutions such as solar technology and battery storage

Sustainability unleashed: How Pets at Home is delivering huge energy savings

EXCLUSIVE: Retailer Pets at Home has recorded energy savings of 32% across its stores after a "game-changing" LED lighting project was embraced across the entire business, the firm's energy manager has revealed.

The end of 2016 saw Amazon exceed an incremental goal of sourcing 40% of its demand from renewable energy, and a new 50% target has been set for the end of 2017

Amazon expands renewables ambition with new solar rooftop pledge

Online retailer Amazon Web Services has pledged to deploy large-scale solar systems across 50 fulfillment and sortation centres globally by 2020, with deployments this year set to generate 41MW of renewable energy for the company.

Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals

edie Live 2017: Speakers and sessions revealed

The show content for edie Live 2017 has been confirmed with more than 100 expert speakers appearing across four seminar theatres for the two-day exhibition in May.

Somerset House in London. High-efficiency gas boilers and a gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant has guaranteed Somerset House Trust annual savings of £235,000

Arts and culture sector realises 'intrinsic' value of sustainability

England's arts and culture sector has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use by 17% over the past year despite a growth in cultural activity, according to the industry's latest sustainability report.

The full results of edie’s energy efficiency benchmarking survey, carried out in association with E.ON, are available to view in full as a free-to-download infographic

From compliance to revenue generation: edie survey reveals increased ambition among energy managers

The vast majority of energy managers have taken their organisation beyond the compliance level of energy efficiency by making sites self-sufficient through on-site generation and opening up new revenue streams from surplus power.

The energy generated will be used to power the new processing plant and provide heat for the North Terminal

Gatwick to build world's first airport energy-from-waste facility

Gatwick will become the first airport in the world to generate energy from Category 1 waste, when it launches an onsite processing plant in November.

Located high in the Austrian mountains, the traditional Göss  brewery is now powered entirely by renewable and re-usable energy sources. (Scroll down to play video)

Video Inside Göss - the world's first major carbon-neutral brewery

Fancy a beer with a net-zero carbon footprint? Join edie editor Luke Nicholls high up in the Austrian mountains for a behind-the-scenes video tour of the first large-scale carbon-neutral brewery in the world.

Energy Entrepreneurs Report 2016

Energy entrepreneurs are leading the transformation to a low-carbon future.

The SmartestEnergy report highlights an increase in independent solar capacity of 83% in 2015, with 696 projects providing more than 2GW of capacity

On-site energy generation produced £100m of electricity in 2015, report reveals

On-site energy generation projects across the UK have more than doubled in the past four years, with businesses producing almost £100m worth of electricity in 2015 alone, a new report from supplier SmartestEnergy has revealed.

Rolls-Royce Mechanical Test Operations Centre in Dahlewitz, Germany - one of the countries being explored for potential on-site solar installations

Rolls-Royce targets LED upgrades and on-site solar systems in global emissions crackdown

EXCLUSIVE: Engineering group Rolls-Royce is planning a full-scale roll-out of energy efficiency initiatives and low-carbon technologies across its international estate, including the installation of a giant rooftop solar system at one of its largest UK factories.

Aviva's new rooftop solar systems all qualify for feed-in tariff subsidies, having been registered before the 15 January reduction in tariff rates

Aviva on the road to 100% renewables with rooftop solar investment

Aviva has invested in rooftop solar PV systems across three of its UK sites as part of the investment providor's commitment to use 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

An aerial shot of Disney World's new solar farm, which has been designed in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head. Photo: Nearmap

Disney launches new Micky Mouse-shaped solar farm

A 22-acre solar facility arranged in the shape of Micky Mouse's head will provide 5MW of renewable energy at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The completion of Nottingham's solar carport comes as the UK’s first two solar carports received a pair of national awards following their recent installation

Nottingham flicks the switch on solar carport

A leisure centre in Nottingham is set to save the local council an estimated £10,000 on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by 41 tonnes thanks to the installation of an 88KWp solar carport.

The new AD plant will supply up to 25% of the First Milk creamery’s energy requirements

UK's largest on-site dairy AD plant to generate green energy from Cumbrian cheese

One of the UK's largest cheese creameries, First Milk, has announced the completion of a giant on-site anaerobic digestion (AD) plant which is feeding bio-methane to the national gas grid.

The new windmill will generate 1.2GWhs of green electricity each year, the equivalent of around 300 homes' worth of power

NHS embraces on-site generation with new Ecotricity windmill

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, will now make use of renewable electricity generated on-site thanks to a new wind turbine installed by green energy supplier Ecotricity.

Hanson’s West Drayton Asphalt Plant in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The building materials supplier is now being paid for taking this cleaner, cheaper and smarter approach to grid balancing

Hanson embraces demand response approach to energy management

Building materials supplier Hanson UK is pioneering a demand-side response approach to energy management, with the technology being rolled out to 29 of the company's quarries across the country.

The Premier Inn hotel at East Mayne in Basildon - one of the three largest rooftop solar installations to be installed on Whitbread's properties

Whitbread rolls out rooftop solar systems at 88 Premier Inns

Britain's largest hospitality company has completed the installation of solar panels on the rooftops of 88 of its Premier Inn hotels across the country.

Operators can use the portal to negotiate a price for the use of cargo space on viable vehicles such as cargo plans and delivery trucks

Heathrow unveils online platform to tackle freight fleet emissions

Heathrow's pledge to become the most sustainable airport hub in the world has been bolstered by a new emissions reduction blueprint that puts an emphasis on tackling freight emissions through an online data portal.

Nando’s is currently exploring the potential use of food waste to power a selection of its UK restaurants

How Nando's is spicing up its on-site energy management

EXCLUSIVE: International restaurant chain Nando's is rolling out a number of on-site technology upgrades and innovative behaviour change methods, while exploring the possibility of food waste-powered restaurants, in a bid to take energy management in its UK sites "to the next level".

The edie Live 2016 exhibition and conference returns to the NEC Birmingham on 17-18 May

edie Live 2016 opens for registration

Registration is now open for the UK's leading event for energy, sustainability and resource efficiency professionals, offering visitors a host of new features, networking events and high-level keynote stage.

The return on investment on a complete LED retrofit is between two and three years for a typical office block

Onsite solutions: edie explains LED lighting

In the first of a brand new series investigating the costs, benefits and legislative backdrop of onsite sustainability solutions for your business, edie takes a closer look at LED lighting.

Penrhyn castle in Wales - one of a number of National Trust properties that have ditched fossil fuels to become energy self-sufficient

Green and pleasant land: How the National Trust is making sustainability beautiful

In 1895, the National Trust was established to preserve Britain's heritage and open spaces. More than 120 years later, these areas need protecting from an even greater threat. The iron claws of urbanisation and the industrial revolution have slowly receded, replaced by the icy fangs of climate change.

Hampden Park stadium has cut its water consumption by 35% and scored savings of £40,000 per year

Football stadium tracks water use, saves £40,000

Scotland's national football stadium has reduced its water consumption by 35% in the space of 15 months after installing monitoring equipment which identified anomalies and spikes in water usage.

Former Shell chairman Lord Bearsted gifted the Upton House estate and its extensive art and porcelain collections to the National Trust in 1948. Photo: National Trust

Former home of oil tycoon given green makeover by National Trust

A country house in Warwickshire that was once powered by 25,000 litres of oil every year is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions.

The retailer's ‘LED dream’ is underpinned through the ongoing M&S Plan A sustainability strategy

M&S eyes 100% LED-lit estate by 2025

Marks & Spencer (M&S) wants to build on "the most comprehensive, wide-ranging sustainability plan in retail" by fitting out its entire UK estate with LED lighting by 2025.

The £200,000 installation was completed in ‘record time’ to be finalised before the lower feed in tariff subsidy came into effect on 15 January

Brighton University installs rooftop solar array in 'record time' to beat subsidy deadline

The University of Brighton has unveiled a new solar panel array that will reduce carbon emissions at its Falmer campus by 82 tonnes annually, placing Brighton as one of the top universities in the UK for on-site renewable energy production.

The wind turbine will be installed at RSPB headquarters in Sandy, Bedfordshire near to the Lodge

RSPB to power half of UK operations with wind

Europe's largest nature conservation charity will install a wind turbine at its national headquarters in Bedfordshire that will generate enough electricity to power more than half of its 127 UK locations.

A rendering of the upgraded Sun Life Stadium featuring LED lights. Photo: Miami Dolphins

NFL stadium to cut energy use by three quarters

Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins American football team, has announced that its stadium floodlights will be converted to an 'advanced LED system' that will cut energy use by approximately 75%.

Have we all been talking total, utter nonsense?

Anybody who thinks the Conservative Government's decision to scrap or roll bank 16 separate climate policies over the past six months is in any way unfair is just plain wrong.

The solar panels have been installed on a rocky hillside above the Garden's overflow car park

National Trust installs 'modern art' solar array at historic garden

The National Trust has switched on a unique 175-panel solar array which has been likened to modern art due to its construction on rocky hillside terrain in north Wales.

A £250,000 investment has seen Heathrow's fleet of 400 vehicles mixed with zero-emission cars

Heathrow goes electric with £2m EV charging pledge

Heathrow Airport has announced a £2m plan to 'go electric' with the installation of more than 135 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in a bid to become Britain's most environmentally-responsible transport hub.

The power plant has helped reduce the amount of waste that is produced when creating Beaufort cheese

French power station generates electricity for 1,500 homes from cheese

A power plant in the French Alps is using leftover waste from nearby cheese production facilities to generate enough electricity to power 1,500 households in the surrounding area.

GM is working across the globe to make 150 plants landfill free by 2020

Vauxhall goes landfill-free across all European facilities

Global car manufacturers General Motors has announced that all of its Vauxhall facilities across Europe are 100% landfill free, with the facilities either recycling, reusing or creating energy from daily waste operations.

The Antibes store has been fitted with 1,245m of photovoltaic solar panels

Kingfisher builds 'energy-positive' hub in France

Kingfisher-owned tools and hardware firm Castorama France has reopened a store in the South of France after undergoing a two-year transformation that has seen the site streamlined into an energy-positive green building design hub.

The awards, in their 17th year, are part of edie Live 2016

Environment and Energy Awards open for entry

Taking place as part of edie Live, formerly Sustainability Live, Nemex and Energy Recovery, the edie Environment and Energy Awards are open for submissions.

Solar companies have gone bust, community projects have closed and some energy experts are now predicting the end of the UK solar industry

Updated Feed-in Tariff timeline: The rise and fall of solar subsidies

With the Government's decision on major cuts to solar subsidies finally revealed, edie charts the rise and fall of the successful feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme which have been slashed by 64%.


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