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Grants awarded to make borough council buildings greener

PV solar panels being installed

Published: Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Borough council buildings are to become more environmentally friendly thanks to decarbonisation grants worth more than £3.8M.

Two grants have been awarded by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and are from the Government’s £1 billion Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) fund.

Cllr Kunes, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Commercial Services, explained: “These grants mean that we can make our buildings more environmentally friendly through adapting to low or non-carbon generating technologies, such as solar PV panels and air and ground source heat pumps. This is really exciting news and means a very big step forward in the Councils aim to become Carbon neutral as soon as possible. 

“The council’s first bid for £2.84m was successful in January and this was followed by a further grant of just over £1m in February. The work should be completed before the end of this year. The reduction in carbon emissions from the overall project is estimated at a total of 494 tonnes per year.”

Seven buildings were included in the first-round application. The buildings/sites and the proposed technologies are:

  • Lynnsport - Solar Photovoltaics (SP) & Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)
  • Downham Market Leisure Centre – Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)
  • St James’ Pool - ASHP
  • King’s Court – ASHP, Timerclock controls
  • Fairstead Community Centre – Loft insulation improvement, SP, ASHP
  • Valentine Road offices, Hunstanton – Timerclock controls, SP, Loft insulation improvement, GSHP
  • Council Depot (Factory 1), Hardwick – SP, cavity wall insulation improvement, GSHP

 The second-round bid covered the following buildings and technologies:

  • Oasis, Hunstanton - Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)
  • Guildhall, King’s Lynn – ASHP
  • South Lynn Community Centre -ASHP, Solar PV
  • Dutton Pavillion, King’s Lynn – Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP)

The project now moves to the detailed design stage, including applying for any necessary consents.

The scheme is part of the Council’s ongoing Re:Fit programme, as it seeks to remove carbon from its existing stock of buildings. The borough council will be working with our Re:Fit partners, Ameresco, to deliver the project. The work is 100% grant funded and will be considered by Cabinet on 16 March 2021.

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