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Redcar and Cleveland's renewable future

Published: 24th Jul 2012

Please note this is an archived Press Release

The UK is now generating over 1 Gigawatt of power from over 280,000 separate solar installations and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is working hard to do its bit with more than 21 different renewable energy projects across 18 buildings.

Redcar and Cleveland Renewable future


The Council has been managing a £750k programme to reduce its carbon footprint, increase the generation of our own energy and generate income.

The programme has seen a number of solar panels installed and now generating electricity on a range of buildings such as Guisborough Forest Visitors Centre, Eston City Learning Centre and five primary schools including Belmont Primary in Guisborough, Wheatlands Primary in Redcar and St Josephs Primary School in Loftus.

In addition, biomass (or wood fired) boilers are generating heat at Highcliffe and Dormanstown Primary Schools, while air source heat pumps and solar thermal projects are also operating on some buildings.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Rural Affairs, Councillor Christopher Massey, said; "We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and are showing that investment in renewable energy is sustainable from both a financial and environmental point of view".

Recently the Council has fitted solar panels on its first Youth and Community Centre at 25k Centre and its first Childrens Centre, Redcar Coast which are now both fully operational. The systems should meet around one-third of their annual demand for electricity.

Hellen Higgs, Neighbourhood Youth Worker at the 25k Centre, said "We are really pleased to be the first solar powered youth and community centre in the Borough. Our visitors can see at a glance how much energy we have generated and the carbon savings we have made on the display panel in reception. With lower electricity bills we will be able to spend more of our budget on youth and community projects."

At the Redcar Coast Sure Start Centre, Karen Smith, Support Officer said; "Families attending the Centre are pleased that they have been given the opportunity to be the first Sure Start Centre to house solar panels and look forward to saving money, increasing awareness of our carbon footprint and encouraging children from an early age to become interested in improving the environment".

In addition to the significant reduction in its carbon footprint from the schemes, the Council is supporting its local businesses and workforce as part of the programme with many of the projects installed by local companies.

Over the next 12 months renewable energy schemes will be installed on a number of key regeneration projects in the Borough including The Hub and MyPlace.

To keep up to date with the Council's ongoing programme of renewable energy visit www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/renewableenergy.



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