Cambridge University is burnishing its sustainability credentials with the installation of a new solar array to provide clean power for a development of homes and academic buildings on the campus, it said this week.
The University of Cambridge’s 150-hectare North West Cambridge Development will provide 1,500 affordable homes for university and college staff, 100,000 square metres of academic and research space, and housing for 2,000 graduates, alongside homes for private ownership.
Clean energy developers G&H Sustainability are building a 1,500-panel, 373kW solar array on the site to provide clean power generation to the new buildings, which will also include a primary school, health centre, and care home.
The move as Scottish housing association Fyne Homes announced plans yesterday to build three new wind turbines in an £14m investment to provide clean power for around 4,000 households.
The three turbines, totalling 6.9MW in capacity, will also deliver more than £15m in community benefit over the next 20 years, according to project backers Triodos and the Scottish Investment Bank.
The project is part of a pilot from the Scottish Government to develop renewable income for reinvestment into affordable housing, and is only the second of its kind in the country.