Aggreko and Vattenfall each enter energy storage market

Temporary power supplier Aggreko and Swedish utility Vattenfall have each entered the burgeoning energy storage market.

Aggreko, which is listed on the London stock market, is buying battery storage systems firm Younicos for £40 million.

Meanwhile, Vattenfall has set up a business unit covering solar panels and batteries, with plans to invest €150m (£130m).

> Read Aggreko's announcement

 

E.ON opens power trading division to boost renewables

German utility firm E.ON has launched a power trading division to cover the British, German and Swedish markets.

The new unit will sell power generated from E.ON’s renewable energy projects.

The team will also buy power and gas for customers.

> View E.ON's announcement

 

Major property owners save £16m in energy efficiency drive

Members of the Better Buildings Partnership, a collaboration of 28 British property owners, have amassed £16 million in energy savings since 2011, according to a new report.

The companies – which include Hammerson, The Crown Estate and Transport for London – have improved their energy efficiency by 25%.

Like-for-like energy consumption is also down 3% year-on-year.

> Download the report

 

Tesla to install Europe’s largest community battery in Nottingham

Electric car company Tesla is to install a 2MW battery at the £100 million Trent Basin housing development in Nottingham.

The battery will be the largest community project in Europe and will be linked to a solar panel array.

Some panels will initially be installed on the ground before being mounted on houses by 2020.

> Find out more about Trent Basin

 

Aldi makes solar pledge

German discount supermarket chain Aldi has unveiled plans to install a further 96,000 solar panels on more than 50 of its British stores by the end of next year.

The company already has 85,000 panels installed on 275 branches.

The announcement was made as part of the Solar Trade Association’s Solar Independence Day on 4 July, when it encouraged businesses to use solar panels to generate their own power.

> See more Solar Independence Day stories