Local authority solar company nominated for national award

Public Power Solutions (PPS) has been shortlisted for a Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Award for its innovative approach to solar development.

The company, which is wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council has been shortlisted in the Environment category for its Solar Development Services, alongside eight other local authorities or projects.

PPS has developed several local ground-mount and rooftop solar projects which are generating enough renewable electricity for 16,500 typical homes and saving 28,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. 

PPS is now using its expertise and experience to help other public sector organisations throughout the UK maximise their renewable energy assets.

“The team is very pleased to be shortlisted for such a prestigious national award in recognition of the innovative work we are doing in solar development,” said PPS Commercial Director, James Owen.

“Not only are we working with Swindon Borough Council to increase local renewable energy generation and cut carbon emissions, but we’re also helping other public sector organisations throughout the UK to generate revenue through rent, business rates and investment opportunities, while saving taxpayers’ money on council energy bills.

“Our unique model prioritises environmental improvements and biodiversity, and puts the local community first, sharing solar ownership among private and public sectors and the community,” added Mr Owen.

The winners of each category will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House in London on March 16th 2016. 

Local Government Chronicle Editor Nick Golding added: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows that a council’s work in this particular area is something that can inspire the rest of local government. 

“We have had, just about, a record number of organisations entering this year’s awards, making the competition stiffer than ever. The quality of the entries goes to show that councils are striving to innovate to improve services at a time they must cut costs.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues