Solar panels for Blackburn leisure centres and the money it could save

Together with Darwen, solar panels are to be installed in recreational centers across Blackburn to save the community £ 200,000 a year.

Earlier this year, Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council received £ 2.25m to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in ten government-owned buildings.

Of the cash, £ 792,061 will be used for heating and replacing 30-year-old storage heaters with heat pumps; £ 738,816 for lighting, replacing fluorescent tubes with LEDs; £ 431,794 for solar roof panels; and £ 174,160 to replace obsolete equipment and upgrade legacy equipment in 10 buildings for better environmental control.

The Blackburn Enterprise Center, Witton Park Sports Arena and Blackburn Leisure Center will receive solar panels as well as the Darwen Leisure Center, which will also receive new LED lighting.

A report to the Council Bureau in March said: “The program is expected to save 290 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and cut energy costs by around £ 200,000 per year. The decarbonization program will help make the Council’s climate emergency statement CO2 neutral by 2030.

“It will reduce emissions from the community’s property by about five percent.

“As a separate point, by accepting the grant, the Council undertakes to draw up a plan for the decarbonisation of heat by September 2021.

“This is a welcome commitment as it will help the council identify and plan the replacement of heating infrastructure to contribute to its own carbon neutral goal.”

Capita has now officially submitted building applications for the implementation of the energy-saving measures on behalf of the council, subject to a public hearing.

Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn, Darwen Council Redevelopment Director, said, “This is really welcome money to help improve the energy efficiency of community buildings as part of our green agenda.”

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