More money for micro-generation
Beacon Hill of Newark celebrates after being awarded a
Department of Trade and
Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks. has announced that Beacon Hill in Newark, owned by Gazeley UK Ltd, has been awarded a grant to install a bolt-on photovoltaic system to another of their eco-template warehouses. The warehouse office building's flat roof and the facade over the entrance will house angled bolt-on arrays that maximise energy capture. The arrays may save 156 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Gazeley's sites aim to exceed the EU target of 10% energy from renewable sources by 2010.
The array is clearly visible from the warehouse car park and will be viewed by residents in the surrounding areas. Gazeley have shown belief in renewable energy, and they are creating eco-template warehouses across the UK and Europe, which demonstrates the potential in this type of building.
The Minister also announced £30 million funding over three years for the Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP)
Malcolm Wicks said:
"The installation of micro- generation products such as micro-turbines, solar panels and air source heat pumps are an excellent way for individuals, communities and businesses to make their own contribution to tackling climate change. Beacon Hill is a prime example of this.
"As these technologies become more widespread they can help to teach this and future generations about the benefits of renewable energy and the knowledge to use our resources more responsibly.”
MANY ASHTAV MEMBERS WILL WELCOME THE FORTHCOMING LCBP INITIATIVE
"The Low Carbon Building Programme [LCBP] will be designed to take a holistic approach to reducing carbon emissions from buildings by combining innovative combinations of micro-re- newable technologies and energy efficiency measures. As well as continuing to fund single installations, the programmes will fund large- scale developments in the public and private sectors. Potential beneficiaries could include schools, leisure centres or even remote villages that are not connected to the grid."
Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive of EDF Energy has given his backing for the Minister's plans:
"We are delighted to support this initiative and look forward to working with the Minister and his team to help ensure its success. There is no silver bullet for dealing with the challenge posed by climate change. Energy efficiency will be vital and even though EDF Energy is a leader in this field I am convinced there is a great deal more to be done to encourage the changes in behaviour which can really make a difference to energy consumption."
THE RENEWABLE POWER ASSOCIATION IS EXCITED
Philip Wolfe, Chief
Executive of the Renewable Power Association, referring to the Minister's recent confirmation of an April target date for the start of the LCBP said, "Mass market renewables provide an important new dimension to the sustainable energy mix and the best way of engaging the public in this issue".
By 2050 microgeneration could potentially provide 30 - 40% of the UK's total electricity need and could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15% per year.
source: Energy Trust report.
Malcolm Wicks - Energy Minister
is pursuing the micro-generation agenda that ASHTAV espouses.
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