Funding of £300,000 backs scheme to reduce Cambridgeshire village's oil dependency
Funding of nearly £300,000 has been granted to a project which will see homes in an East Cambridgeshire village stop relying on oil and move to renewable heat.
The Community Heat Scheme has won £232,000 of grant funding to develop and submit a planning application for Swaffham Prior.
So far around 60 per cent of the village, around 162 households, have expressed an interest in signing up to the scheme set to begin in March 2021.
It will reduce reliance on a fossil fuel and saving money.
The funding will be used for legal work on how to set up commercial arrangements, as well as work to develop heat agreements for residents connecting to the scheme.
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"Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to tackling the impacts of Climate Change and is proud to be working with Swaffham Prior on this ground breaking scheme" said Cllr Josh Schumann, chairman of the county council's commercial and investments committee.
"We want this scheme to become a blueprint for other villages keen to reduce their dependency on oil for heating and hot water."
The project was initiated by Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust which approached Cambridgeshire County Council in 2017.
Following a series of technical studies it was decided that the best option would be to install a ground source heat pump that would pump thermal energy through a network, into homes within the village.
The project has won £232,000 of grant funding from BEIS (the department for business, energy and industrial strategy) Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HDNU) which will be match funded by £66,000 from Cambridgeshire County Council.
To find out more about the work, go to the project website:https://heatingswaffhamprior.co.uk/ or email the team at: email@example.com.