SSN Member Updates 08.03.2017

SSN member organisation updates for this week: Hydrogen refuelling station launched in Aberdeen, LEAP providing free energy advice in Renfrewshire Council this winter, Ayr's Active Travel Hub opens its doors, Stirling Council installs 1,500th Housing Solar Panel and Edinburgh College expands electric vehicle fleet with e-NV200 vans.


Refuelling station launched as Aberdeen leads the way in hydrogen technology

Aberdeen’s second hydrogen refueling station was officially opened on the 27th February along with the launch of a fleet of 10 hydrogen fueled Toyota Mirai cars. The £2.6million station will serve the city’s expanding fleet of cars and vans and will be fully operational mid-March. Funded by Aberdeen City Council, ERDF, Transport Scotland and Nestrans, it was built and will be maintained and operated by Hydrogenics. The 10 Toyota Mirai cars will be leased for three years with five going to the National Health Service (NHS), three to the Co-wheels car club, one to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and one to Aberdeen City Council. The project is part funded by the UK Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Transport Scotland. For more information, please see: http://news.aberdeencity.gov.uk/refuelling-station-launched-as-aberdeen-leads-the-way-in-hydrogen-technology/


Renfrewshire Council: LEAP providing free energy advice this winter

Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP) has launched an initiative with the help of Renfrewshire Council's Tackling Poverty Programme to help families struggling with their fuel bills and comfort this winter. The LEAP 'Making it Happen' programme aims to reach a minimum of 80 persons who are struggling with fuel bills, health conditions, or living in cold, damp, or draughty homes, across urban and rural Renfrewshire by 31 March 2017. 'Making it Happen' is unique in its approach as LEAP's Energy team will actually carry out small practical actions such as draft proofing to help improve warmth and save money for people in the long term. For more information, please see: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/4684/LEAP-providing-free-energy-advice-this-winter


Ayr's Active Travel Hub opens its doors

Ayr's dynamic new Active Travel Hub has been officially opened by South Ayrshire Council. Located at Ayr Rail Station, the hub is one of the first in Scotland. With the main objective to promote sustainable forms of travel such as walking and cycling, the hub will be an accessible way for locals and visitors to get active and stay active. The hub became a reality thanks to the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme administered by Paths for All funded by Scottish Government and the Council's Cycling Walking and Safer Streets initiative. For more information, please see: http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/news/ayrs-active-travel-hub-opens-its-doors.aspx


Stirling Council: 1,500th Housing Solar Panel Installed

This week the 1,500th solar PV installation was completed on a new build bungalow in Firs Crescent, Bannockburn. The installation is also one of fifty properties that are also piloting the addition of a battery storage system to maximise the energy efficiency benefits of a solar PV installation. The installation is part of an ongoing investment in renewable technology in the housing stock aimed at reducing fuel poverty, improving energy efficiency ratings and reducing the Council’s overall carbon footprint. Overall, the 1,500 installations to date will generate nearly four million units of electricity each year, enough to meet the average annual electricity needs of 1,000 homes. The solar PV systems are also expected to result in an estimated annual saving of just under £300 for each household when it comes to electricity bills. For more information, please see: http://my.stirling.gov.uk/news/view/30764/date:00-2017/type:all


Edinburgh College expands electric vehicle fleet with e-NV200 vans

Funded under the Scottish Government’s Switched On Fleets scheme, the new vans replace existing diesel vehicles. In total the college now runs 14 electric vehicles including for its zero-emission pool car fleet, established in 2012. It has charge points at all campuses that are available for staff and the public to use. As well as staff use, students can benefit from the vehicles. The college also educates students on the future potential for electric vehicles and college offers two annual scholarships for engineering students to learn more about electric vehicles. In partnership with Edinburgh Napier University, the college is also carrying out research into electric vehicle travel and looking at how effective they are in cutting carbon emissions and their long-term viability as alternative transport. For more information, please see: http://evfleetworld.co.uk/college-expands-electric-vehicle-fleet-with-e-nv200-vans/

08 March 2017


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