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Northumberland Estates Explores Plans To Create Eco-Friendly Energy Network In Alnwick

Northumberland Estates is looking into the creation of a connected underground energy system to provide clean, eco-friendly power across huge swathes of Alnwick.

The firm – the business interests of the Duke of Northumberland – is currently working with Northumberland-based low carbon consultancy Reheat and SSE Energy Solutions to explore the possibility of launching a clean energy network to supply businesses and public spaces in the market town. The study will look into low carbon heating for a large portion of Alnwick, including commercial consumers, public buildings and new homes.

The first area being considered includes Linnet Court, Lionheart Enterprise Park, Willowburn Retail Park and Willowburn Trading Estate on the southern edge of Alnwick, which is mostly made up of commercial, industrial and public-owned properties. The second phase would include Alnwick Castle, The Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Infirmary.

Read more: Battery maker plots significant job creation amid growth plan Read more: UK could lose £450bn of offshore energy growth The heating network typically sees a common heat source distributed through insulated pipework to buildings to provide their heat and hot water, instead of each building having its own individual heat source, such as a gas boiler. Heat networks form an important part of the Government’s plan to reduce carbon, and also forms part of Northumberland County Council’s energy masterplan.

Mark Roberts, Northumberland Estates renewables manager said: “Heat networks, common in countries such as Denmark, have been identified by the UK Government as a crucial part of how the UK will reach net zero, and is one of the most cost-effective ways of decarbonising heating in built-up areas.

“We are hopeful that we can establish a heat network in Alnwick that would allow businesses and public sector buildings to move away from fossil fuels and towards low carbon sources of heat, cutting their costs and reducing carbon emissions.”

A consultation is now under way with businesses and residents being contacted as part of the feasibility study. Once the study has been completed, Northumberland Estates will consider the next steps, in partnership with town and county councils.

The plan comes after Northumberland Estates announced plans to bolster the use of renewable energy across its portfolio in its annual accounts. As well as long-term plans to deliver roof-top solar energy and battery energy storage systems, the company is driving forward a £5m solar farm project as part of its renewable energy strategy.

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