Funding worth more than £400,000 has been secured by Nottinghamshire County Council to significantly reduce carbon emissions and generate solar power at two council sites.
Government-owned Salix Finance allocated the funding as part of the Council’s long-term plans to improve energy efficiency and lower energy bills at its buildings.
Improvements at the Council’s Gedling View building will see an old gas boiler replaced with a more efficient air source heat pump, as well as new solar panel installation a new LED lighting.
These upgrades worth £112,000 are estimated to save around 232 tonnes of CO2 over the next 20 years, which is similar to the amount of emissions produced by 85 households over a year.
Meanwhile, Hagg Farm, based in Peak District will see its oil boiler replaced with an air source heat pump as well as the installation of heat recovery ventilation and additional solar panels .
Hagg Farm is one of the six outdoor centres operated by Notts Outdoors, the Council’s outdoor and environmental education service.
The £290,000 work is estimated to save around 581 tonnes of CO2 over the next 20 years ( equivalent to the annual emissions from 215 UK households)
Both sets of works are due to be completed by September 2021
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said
“We are an ambitious, forward-thinking council and in post-pandemic world we want to significantly reduce the Council’s carbon emissions by making our buildings more energy-efficient as well as generating sustainable energy.
“These improvement s will bring long-term savings for the taxpayer by improving energy efficiency and lower energy bills.
“This work closely links with our long-term investment plans to create more carbon-neutral council buildings across the county, as well as ensuring County Council services in Nottinghamshire are closest to residents who need them the most.”