Mark Group Helps University of Nottingham Run on Solar

Renewable technology installed as part of a University-wide energy saving programme.
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March 15, 2011 - PRLog -- Energy saving specialist, Mark Group, has completed an installation of 362 solar photovoltaic (PV) and 27 solar thermal panels across three halls of residence at the prestigious University of Nottingham.

The £400,000 project, undertaken by the Leicester-based business during January and February, promises to cut energy bills and carbon emissions from Derby, Rutland and Sherwood Halls by around 10 per cent.

The investment in the solar systems was part of a wider energy saving programme by the University, which has also seen improved insulation installed in the cavity walls, lofts and around heating pipes, to improve the thermal efficiency of its student accommodation.

Mark Group Design Manager, Chris Roberts, led the project. He said: “This is one of the most prestigious solar PV system we have installed to date and we are pleased that a holistic approach has been taken towards achieving energy efficiency. By considering insulation before investing in renewable technology the University has used absolutely the right methodology, and with a little education for the students, they will see maximum return from their investment.”

The installation by Mark Group will qualify for payments under the Government Feed in Tariff scheme, whereby investors in renewable technology are individually rewarded for the power they generate.

University of Nottingham Sustainability Director, Dr Keith Pitcher, added: “The University is committed to tackling climate change and has set challenging targets to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. This project is part of our Carbon Management Plan, a new investment programme to reduce energy usage, improve energy efficiency and install renewable energy systems. It is a high profile project to help students and staff engage with this agenda, by reducing carbon and saving money, both at work and at home.”

Mark Group installs insulation and renewable technology measures for domestic through to commercial and public sector clients. For further information visit www.markgroup.co.uk or call 0800 616 302.

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Mark Group is a leading installer of energy-saving solutions to the domestic market. Founded in 1974 Mark Group now employs over 1,500 people across the UK, US and Australia, who are dedicated to providing a 'whole house' solution to energy-efficiency.
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