Solar panels to be added to council buildings in Craven

Craven District Council says work will start this spring to install solar panels on Skipton Town Hall and Craven Leisure along with other council buildings.

The local authority says it has been successful in securing match funding towards a £1.2 million project to "decarbonise Skipton".

As well as more than 1,800 square metres of solar panels, the project includes adding large ground source heat pumps, heat recovery, online energy monitoring and insulation to council buildings. There will also be public displays showing carbon emission levels.

Other buildings included in the work are Aireview House, Waltonwrays Crematorium, Belle Vue Square and the new Waste Management depot on Engine Shed Lane.

Craven District Council is also partnering with Yorkshire Housing to reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills in 28 properties on the town's Greatwood and Horse Close estates.

Paul Shevlin, chief executive of Craven District Council, said: “It’s fantastic that we have been able to secure this funding for this important project.

“Combating climate change is one of the biggest challenges we all face and this will help us play our part here in Craven. This is one of the Council’s key priorities for the next few years.

“We hope this project will also encourage others to think about the steps they can take to reduce carbon emissions and help tackle climate change. Everyone, from large businesses to individuals, can play a part.”

Craven District Council is funding £456,000 towards the scheme and Yorkshire Housing is contributing £88,250. It is estimated that the project will save £75,000 in gas and electricity costs each year, and reduce the Council’s building carbon emissions by nearly 30 per cent.

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