As part of the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, Mid Devon District Council has secured a £2.8 million grant.
Last year the council successfully bid for over £300,000 to replace lighting at the three leisure centres in the area in favour of LED lighting, and this funding will be used to move away from fossil fuels and onto renewable sources of energy.
Andy Busby, Corporate Manager for Property, Leisure, and Climate Change, said:
“The Council has an ambitious programme of work to reduce our carbon emissions and I am confident this new project will benefit our leisure users as well as the local environment and or wider communities. Our bid was strong, and this success shows we will work hard to explore all avenues available to us to help reach our climate ambitions.”
Robert de Grouchy, Client Support Office from Salix, said:
“After the success of their previous PSDS funding, it’s great to see the council further targeting the installation of low carbon heating, and supporting energy efficiency measures, across both leisure centres.
We have been impressed by the council’s approach to these projects and look forward to working with Mid Devon District Council and building on previous successes to enable their ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.
The end result should make for a better experience for the user and make a considerable difference for the community and environment, with annual Carbon savings of over 450 tonnes initially expected.”
Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton and Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton will e transferred so that they use air source and ground source heating pump technologies, as well as installing new LED lighting for the outdoor all-weather pitches. Additional solar panels will also be deployed.