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Adur & Worthing Councils welcome huge investment in renewable energy schemes

Released: Friday, 05 April 2019

A decision to invest £13m in renewable energy projects mainly in Adur and Worthing has been welcomed

West Sussex County Council this week announced it had secured the cash for a three-year pilot project that will help to shape the way that energy is generated, stored and supplied to homes and businesses in the UK.

The project will see the installation of more solar panels across Adur and Worthing, the building of battery capacity to store the energy generated and an increase in the number of electric vehicle charging points.

A ground-breaking marine heat network at Shoreham Port, using the latent heat in sea water, to provide low carbon energy to local homes is also to be developed.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy awarded the £13m to the county council in recognition of its pioneering work on renewable energy.

The county is one of the main partners in Project SMARTHUBS which will design, implement and test the new smart local energy system in West Sussex.

The project will involve Adur & Worthing Councils and private sector partners with expertise in low-carbon energy. SMARTHUBS is one of three pilot projects to be awarded the funding. The other projects are located in Oxfordshire and Orkney.

Steve Read, the County Council's Director of Energy, Waste and Environment, said:

“We are delighted to be part of Project SMARTHUBS. This is an exciting opportunity and recognition of our growing reputation for delivering successful, pioneering energy projects such as our solar farms, battery storage projects and Solar Power for Schools programme.”

Leader of Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin, said:

“I am delighted both ourselves and Worthing Borough Council will be working with West Sussex County Council and private sector partners to deliver these exciting and pioneering projects. It really will be a great opportunity to develop renewable schemes that will benefit residents by potentially supplying cheaper energy but of course also reducing the carbon footprint of our communities.”

With the funding now secure, project partners have begun working on a detailed project plan and timescales. Further project details and timescales will be available later this year.

PR19-062 - Solar panels on the roof of the Councils offices in Portland Road, Worthing

(PR19-062)

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