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New funding set help Nottinghamshire County Council’s green ambitions to shine

25 March 2021

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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.”
 

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