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Solar Storage Initiatives

September 9, 2020 9:50 AM

greEnvironmentally-friendly initiatives across Babergh and Mid Suffolk, including electricity micro-generation and solar storage carports, have received a major boost with government providing matched funding from the "Getting Building Fund". Sustainable technology projects across the districts will receive an injection of up to £800,000 with the money going towards a pilot scheme to introduce electricity micro-generation and storage solar carports in Sudbury and Stowmarket.

The successful bid for funding will provide up to 50% of the budget for Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council to install multifunctional solar carports which will generate and store electricity for electric vehicle charging. The locations currently being assessed are surface car parks at Station Road, Sudbury and Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket with a flexible third option also to be modelled.

Results of the detailed feasibility study will be completed by November this year with the initial two pilot projects being delivered by March 2022. This initiative underpins the environmental and economic aspirations of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council to become carbon neutral by 2030 by increasing and showcasing localised energy production and clean/green technologies, supporting reduced fuel miles and offsetting energy costs.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's Getting Building Fund, awarded the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership £32.1m to help deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pilot scheme in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is one of 13 successful projects across Suffolk and Norfolk to receive funding.