Photo voltaic panels increase for Norwich properties
More houses are getting solar panels and better insulation, while car parks and venues are getting greener lighting for a £ 1.5m mark-up for Norwich.
Norwich City Council has received the additional government money to help reduce carbon emissions.
City Hall has won a £ 715,000 share of the £ 500 million Green Homes Grant program, which will provide 50 homes with solid wall insulation / cladding while an additional 30 will receive solar panels.
The council has also received £ 740,000 under the government funding program for decarbonization.
This will provide renewable heat in the town hall and a large solar system in the council’s new environmental service depot on Hurricane Way.
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The local council will also spend £ 88,000 on LED lighting in the St. Giles car park and Blackfriars Hall.
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Kevin Maguire, Cabinet Member for Safe and Sustainable Urban Environment, Norwich City Council, said, “I am pleased that the City Council has successfully bid for this significant additional funding as we continue to crack down on our ambitious, award-winning plans to reduce our carbon footprint Zero and lead a green recovery from Covid.
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“Preserving Norwich a liveable city for future generations is a central theme of our city vision of Norwich 2040. With this funding we can drive forward ambitious projects to make this expectation come true.”
But the Green Council members welcomed the extra money but said it didn’t go far enough.
Jamie Osborn, Green Councilor at Mancroft, said: “This money to improve energy efficiency and access to renewable energy in a number of buildings is very welcome.
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“The government-provided money, however, will not go nearly far enough.
“It will allow for the insulation of 50 houses and the installation of 30 new solar panels for domestic use, but we have to insulate thousands of houses every year, not dozen.
“Green councilors urge the city council to look into other ways to find funding for energy efficiency and investments in renewable energies.”
The local council and Broadland Housing Association have jointly submitted a bid for more than £ 350,000 to upgrade some of the least energy efficient homes to be environmentally friendly.