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Nottingham solar champion honoured posthumously

Clark was the Council’s portfolio holder for Energy and Sustainability from 2011 to 2016 and targeted solar as a key cog in making Nottingham more sustainable.

In that time, he oversaw a range of solar panel projects. These include a 4,000-home social housing development with solar panels; installing solar systems on another 45 Council sites; the UK’s first publicly-owned solar car park; in-sourcing parts of sustainability projects to reduce costs; and the launch of a renewable energy framework to encourage PV projects in the city.

Clark also had a lead hand in connecting thousands and homes to a district heating network and in fitting external wall insulation to thousands of homes.

According to Nottingham City Council, the city met its 2020 target to reduce carbon emissions by 26% four years early and is on course to meet 20% of energy demand from low-carbon sources.

"Allan was passionate about his community and wanted to make it a better place for people to live and work," says Councillor Sally Longford, portfolio holder for Energy and Environment.

"With solar power, he has left a fantastic legacy to the city. It is because of Alan that our council estates are a sea of solar panels. This directly benefits residents, as well as the council and the environment, and will continue to do so for many years to come."

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