1,000 solar panels installed on the roof of the National Ice Centre and Capital FM Arena 12 months ago have reduced the building’s carbon footprint by 118 tonnes and cut almost £40k off energy bills in just one year.
The 250 kWp system, installed over six weeks last summer by Nottingham-based firm EvoEnergy, has generated 224,000 kWh of electricity since it’s completion at the end of September last year – 10 per cent more than predicted.
This adds up to an annual CO2 saving of 118,500 kilos for the 10,000-capacity venue, which consumes more than 4 MWh each year. The panels earned over £22k in Feed-in Tariff payments and saved at least £14k off energy bills too.
Lee Chadburn, Facilities Manager at National Ice Centre and Capital FM Arena Nottingham said: “The PV system we’ve installed has exceeded our expectations in terms of the electricity savings we’d originally calculated so we’re really happy with how it’s performing.
“Having this system in place helps to ensure we can carry on making savings year-on-year, and allows us to be proud of our ‘Greener Arena’ status as an eco-friendly venue.”
Mark Kershaw, Project Manager for EvoEnergy, said: “The arena is one of Nottingham’s most recognisable landmarks so we are pleased and proud to showcase our work with such a prestigious client and venue.
“One year on, it’s great to see the impact that solar is having for the venue and to know that each time the world’s biggest entertainment stars perform in Nottingham, it’s clean, green solar power that’s helping them do so.”
• 1000 × 250 W panels
• Generation (forecasted): 202,000 kWh p/a
• Generation (Actual): 224,000 kWh p/a
• Arena consumption (average): 12,000 kWh per day
For more information about Evoenergy, please visit: www.evoenergy.co.uk
Britain’s top speed skaters had their first competitive fixture of the season at the weekend, 20-21 September, with the National Squad Open Trials taking place at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.
The two day event saw current members of the GB Short Track squad compete amongst themselves and against skaters from across the UK in order to reaffirm their position on the national squad for this coming competitive season.
All the Team GB skaters who competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics demonstrated their ability and determination to be successful during the upcoming season, with Elise Christie and Charlotte Gilmartin taking overall first and second positions respectively in the women’s event, and Jack Whelbourne, Jon Eley and Richard Shoebridge taking the top three podium places in the men’s event.
GB Short Track Performance Director, Stuart Horsepool said: “Considering that this was the first event of the season following an Olympic year, I’m happy with the performances this weekend, but there was some rustiness amongst the skaters which needs to be improved before World Cup 1 in November.
“We mustn’t forget our successes of last season, and with that in mind, we will now be looking towards the World Cup with a view to polishing up the skaters’ performances from a speed, tactics and skills point of view. We have one more competitive event in the form of the Invitation Cup in October where we will focus on preparation for the first event in the ISU World Cup Series”.
The final squad selection for the ISU World Cup Series was finalised following the trials. Eight skaters have been selected, and they will travel to Salt Lake City for the opening World Cup on the 7-9 November.
The men’s squad will be made up of Jack Whelbourne, Josh Cheetham, Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge and Paul Stanley as well as a new addition in Billy Simms who finished fourth in the Open Selection.
Elise Christie and Charlotte Gilmartin will form the women’s squad, with a view to being joined by 18 year old Kathryn Thomson, who finished in third position at the weekend, later in the season.
Stuart added: “Kathryn will train with the squad at the National Performance Centre in Nottingham, but she won’t join the squad for World Cup 1 and 2 as she will be focusing her efforts on competing in age group competition in Europe. Her main goal for the 2014-15 season is to compete in the Junior World Championships in Osaka, Japan in February next year.
“We have a strong squad going into the competitive season. They have worked exceptionally hard over the summer months and the times they were skating at trials are a good indicator that preparations have gone well.”
The next competitive event will take place from 17-19 October in Heerenveen in the form of the Invitation Cup, followed by World Cup 1 on 7-9 November and World Cup 2 in Montreal on 14-16 November.
2014-15 ISU World Cup Series Team:
1. Jack Whelbourne
2. Jon Eley
3. Richard Shoebridge
4. Billy Simms
5. Paul Stanley
6. Josh Cheetham
1. Elise Christie
2. Charlotte Gilmartin
For more information on GB Short Track, visit www.gbshorttrack.org.
Our friends, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will be here signing copies of their autobiography ‘Our life On Ice’ on Saturday 11 October from 12pm.
When Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean collapsed to the ice at the climax of their routine to Bolero in the 1984 Winter Olympics, the judges could find no fault, awarding them 12 maximum scores of 6.0, while 24 million viewers watching at home in Britain simply looked on in amazement. Suddenly, we were all experts in figure skating, and we wanted to know more about the couple at the heart of it all.
Despite intense interest in them, Torvill & Dean kept their lives private, with many still wondering if the pair were really a couple. They turned professional and would eventually spend eight years working on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, but still much of their story remained unknown.
Now, in Our Life on Ice, Torvill & Dean finally open up about the challenges they have faced and the pressures of life in the public eye: Jayne speaks candidly about her struggle with husband Phil to start a family, while Chris reveals the heartache in his family story. And of course, there is the skating, and the stories about what inspired their famous routines, and what the pair hope to achieve in the future as they approach their fortieth anniversary working together. It is the book their millions of fans have been waiting to read.
Further details on the event will be communicated closer to the time.
Terms And Conditions
Access to this signing is on a first come, first served basis. We advise customers to purchase their books from WHSmith Victoria Centre, Nottingham prior to arrival at the National Ice Centre as only limited copies will be available for sale at the venue. Books must be purchased from WHSmith. Proof of purchase may be necessary.
Over the last few weeks we have lost the hot summer weather and instead we can feel winter slowly creeping in! Fear not because you can shelter from the storms and have fun by skating at the National Ice Centre.
Whether you want to Learn to play Ice Hockey or Speed Skate there is something for everyone at the NIC! With the end of summer holidays now finished, we have picked out our activities to keep the little ones entertained.
Skate UK Tots
We have a special Skate UK course just for young children – Skate UK Tots is for under 5s who want to take part in a fun and structured six week ice skating course. Our NISA Qualified Coaches will take your little ones from learning to stand on the ice to fully fledged skaters! Skate UK Tots has four levels to progress through. Each of the six week courses will cost £35 and take place on Sunday 8.15-8.45am. Visit our website here to find out more!
Parent & Toddlers
Our parent and toddler Summer School Holiday Sessions have landed! Children aged between 18 months and five years, can take part in a fun activity that can help build their confidence and increase their co-ordination. Our expert coaches will be on the ice with you and your youngsters, along with on-ice equipment, so they will be encouraged to learn through play in a safe environment. Want to find out about times and prices, just head here to our website.
Other Upcoming Courses:
Looking for classes designed at teenagers and adults, here are our other upcoming courses:
Learn to Play Ice Hockey – 6 week course 15 September & 27 October
Learn to Speed Skate – 6 week course 17 September & 29 October
Courses can be booked by calling 0843 373 3000 or at Ticketing and Customer Services, National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA