Reducing emissions and power bills with green energy installations
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We helped Blackburn with Darwen Council to secure funding and planning permission for a project that will reduce the carbon footprint and electricity bills of 23 council buildings through the installation of sustainable power and heating technologies.
We were appointed by Blackburn with Darwen Council to carry out its funding and planning application for the public sector decarbonisation scheme, which provides grants for public bodies to fund heat decarbonisation and other energy efficiency measures. As a result, the council secured £2.25m, which is expected to help the authority reduce emissions by 290 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. We were appointed to implement the schemes, which are on track to be completed within the agreed time scales.
The funding supports 23 separate schemes to install solar panels, LED lighting, new and upgraded building management systems, ground source and air source heat pumps in several public buildings, for example leisure centres, the local college, office spaces and other commercial premises
Blackburn with Darwen Council secured funding of £174,160 to replace and upgrade equipment to more efficient technology at 10 locations, including Blackburn Central Library, Blackburn Market and Darwen Leisure Centre. Further funding of £740,000 was secured to replace fluorescent lights with LEDs at most sites, while £792,000 is being invested to replace 30-year-old storage heaters with heat pumps at the Blackburn Technology Management Centre and Eanam Wharf Business Development Centre.
In addition to securing funding, we have submitted and managed the planning applications for the projects. We submitted existing and proposed drawings, and the building control application, which included all the technical specifications of the technology that is being fitted, how it will work with existing systems, the impact on power usage and environmental benefits.
There were a few challenges with planning that required special considerations. One scheme is within a Grade 2 listed building and required special consent from the local conservation office for the works.
These projects will reduce emissions from the council’s estate by around 5% and reduce energy bills by about £200,000 a year. All of the buildings are continuing to be occupied during the work, which has been well planned to minimise any disruption to people.
Now that the funding and application processes are completed, we are helping to make sure the winning schemes are within the agreed time scales and within the allotted budget.