Barnsley Council Adds CHP System, Decarbonizes Heat - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, CHP, Commercial, Solar  -  October 11, 2023

Barnsley Council Adds CHP System, Decarbonizes Heat

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council announced the completion of a £4 million multi-phase infrastructure redevelopment project to replace existing coal-fired boilers with a new combined heat and power (CHP) and gas-fired system and decarbonize heat.

Ameresco, Inc., a cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, added a new gas main to the site and refurbished the existing air handling unit.

During the second phase, air source heat pumps were added across six Barnsley Council sites with solar photovoltaic systems and various other energy conservation measures. The infrastructure upgrades made are designed to provide Barnsley Council with an annual energy savings of around 2,085,537 kilowatt-hours and reduce yearly carbon emissions by 529 tons.

“In 2019, Barnsley Council called a climate emergency in response to the government’s wish to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. We’re hoping the Council to be carbon neutral by 2040,” said Councillor Robert Frost in a statement. “As part of the decarbonization of our public assets, which is 2% of the boroughs, we’ve got £4.3 million of government funding. We partnered with Ameresco to implement infrastructure upgrades at multiple sites with a range of solutions that have cut down on the Council’s energy usage.”

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