The Council is embarking on an exciting and ambitious programme of green energy projects as it continues to support sustainable development and housing across the Borough.
The programme was, this week, given the go ahead by Cabinet as we continue to invest in renewable energy systems as part of our plans for the Borough to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Approval has now been given for new Council owned green energy schemes at One Horton Heath, a development that aims to maximise the opportunities for onsite sustainable generation of energy. The new projects will comprise;
- a new large-scale ground mounted solar farm that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of electricity by around 9% for the borough
- an electricity network connected to the Council’s solar farms – serving the businesses and with electric vehicle charging points for One Horton Heath
- a ground source heat pump network providing heating, hot water and/or cooling from a central source serving the homes, community buildings and businesses at One Horton Heath
Council Leader Keith House siad, "This sustainable new community will provide ‘Green Living’ and will have a much lower energy demand and reduced reliance on fossil fuels. It also reaffirms our commitment to provide ‘Green Living’ homes and to generate and sell clean electricity while reducing demand on the National Grid."
These schemes will be funded through income from the sale of green power and revenue generated at One Horton Heath.