Energy funding supports Council’s net zero target

Your District Council has secured a £598,596 government grant to make energy efficiency improvements and remove gas heating at its three largest buildings.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) funding will see work start this autumn at the Council’s Matlock Town Hall headquarters, Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre and the Northwood Depot at Darley Dale.

The funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is being delivered by Salix Finance.

The works will include new windows and an air source heat pump in part of the Town Hall, while electric heating and solar PV panels will be installed on the roofs of the ABC and the Depot.

District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
“This is the second time we have secured significant government funding through PSDS and it is great news as we continue to make progress in achieving our target of being carbon neutral by 2030.
“We already have solar panels on the roof of the Town Hall, which have been generating renewable energy since 2016. When the latest upgrades are complete we should see a 31% reduction in carbon emissions from our buildings, and a cost saving of nearly £10,000 a year on energy bills.”
The PSDS provides grants for public sector bodies to fund heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency measures, putting the public sector at the forefront of decarbonising buildings in the UK and in a leadership role to create exemplar projects in our communities.

An earlier £734,000 project to install air source heat pumps and solar PV panels is due to complete at the District Council’s Ashbourne Leisure Centre in June.

The Council has ‘topped up’ the grant funding with over £300,000 from its own reserve, ensuring it moves quickly into the delivery phase of the approved Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, which sets the target of the Council being a net zero organisation by 2030.

Salix programme co-ordinator Martha Chafer said:
“We are delighted to be working with Derbyshire Dales District Council on this project. It’s always exciting to start the PSDS journey on a new project and we look forward to working with the council once again.
“The Council has a target of being a net zero organisation by 2030 and we believe that this funding will contribute to significant carbon savings across three buildings, helping the council meet its target figure.”
The Council will be delivering the programme of works in partnership with local contractors and Leisure Energy, who were instrumental in the success of the bid.

Neil Bland, MD of Leisure Energy, commented:
“Leisure Energy is looking forward to working on further projects with Derbyshire Dales District Council, who have shown great ambition again in bidding for government funding. The Council has set clear objectives in terms of emissions reductions and this project shows a continuing commitment to those aims.”
Your District Council has secured a £598,596 government grant to make energy efficiency improvements and remove gas heating at its three largest buildings.

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