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UK government awards Coventry University £13 million grant for solar installation, district energy network connection

By District Energy posted 03-06-2024 12:40


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Coventry University has announced it has been awarded £13 million of grant funding from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which will go towards installing solar panels.

The scheme, funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and delivered by Salix Finance Limited, will help towards the cost of installing around 1,300 new solar panels at the University.

The solar panels will be installed at the Alma building, Cycle Works, TheHub, Sir Frank Whittle building and Elm Bank, with the latter also having new energy-efficient windows installed.

This grant is also expected to cover the expenses associated with connecting nine separate Coventry University buildings to the district energy network.

The district energy network is a 6.6km underground heat system that transports waste heat from the city’s municipal incinerator to supply energy to major public buildings and, in doing so, has only one-sixth of the carbon emissions of natural gas.

All construction is due to be completed in March 2026 and, once fully operational, is estimated to avoid grid electricity costs of more than £100,000 per year and generate zero-carbon electricity for internal consumption.

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