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The Midlands Energy Hub coordinated a bid to secure more than £ 82million in government funding under the Sustainable Warmth competition.
Grants from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will be used to make a series of improvements to 6,500 homes owned by low-income families in the Midlands.
The team supported a consortium of local authorities and housing associations across the region to secure funding, including Nottingham City Council, West Midlands Combined Authority and Staffordshire County Council.
The Midlands Energy Hub, which is governed by Nottingham City Council, supports partnerships of local businesses and local authorities to implement energy strategies and projects. Using lessons learned from previous iterations of BEIS-funded renovation projects and knowledge from across the region, the consortium developed a successful bid to secure a major investment from the government.
As part of the consortium’s bid for the Sustainable Warmth competition, Nottingham City Council has secured over £ 6million in funding for the Nottingham projects. The grants will be used to make a variety of home improvements to nearly 700 homes across the city, including insulation, renewable energy from solar panels and low-carbon heat pumps.
Councilor Sally Longford, Deputy Head of City Council and Energy, Environment and Waste Management Services Portfolio, said: “Energy poverty affects around 15% of households in Nottingham. Over the past six years, more than 1,250 homes in Nottingham have been upgraded through a range of measures including roof insulation, installing solar panels and renovating the whole house using the innovative approach Energiesprong.
“With 35% of the city’s carbon emissions coming from domestic properties, having the funding to engage in projects like these is essential to achieving Nottingham’s goal of being the country’s first carbon neutral city. by 2028. I am delighted that more funding has been secured to continue this vital work that will make homes warmer and more comfortable, while dramatically reducing bills and our carbon footprint.
Michael Gallagher, Head of the Midlands Energy Hub, said: “We are delighted to have secured this major funding for the Midlands. This demonstrates quite clearly the importance of a collaborative and regional approach to attracting government investment and delivering zero net solutions on the ground.
“We are also delighted to be working closely with our key stakeholders to build a powerful partnership approach in the Midlands region. This helps build the capacity of our local authorities to ensure that energy measures are applied where they are most needed and implemented in the most efficient way. “