Salford City Council has been awarded £5.2m government funding through part of the wider Greater Manchester Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to deliver a programme of decarbonisation of 23 heating and solar panel installation works on 21 council owned buildings.
The programme includes installations of Air Source Heat Pumps on 12 sites in the city including leisure facilities, park buildings, children’s homes and the town hall. We are also installing Solar PV Panels at 11 buildings which will generate 466,970kWh of energy a year and 540.63kWp of energy generation towards the GM 45MW target.
The installation of the Air Source Heat Pumps will decarbonise the heating for the sites from gas, at 8 sites, and oil, at two sites, to being heated by electricity from renewable sources, therefore decarbonising the heat.
Decarbonising public estates will not only reduce Salford's emissions as an organisation but also set an example, promoting technologies to residents and businesses in the city that Salford City Council are leading the way in decarbonisation. Challenges faced included:
Complex bid submissions with short turnaround to apply for funding – the proactive approach by Salford’s Energy team, already having a defined pipeline of buildings they could include, was beneficial and helped overcome this challenge.
Challenging timescales for delivery of projects – while this is an ongoing challenge, the Salford programme of installations is well underway and forecast to be completed on time. Working closely with colleagues in other departments such as planning and procurement has helped to overcome this challenge, being ready to hit the ground running as soon as the funding was secured.
Number of buildings decarbonised.