The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced that £553m in government funding has been awarded to 160 public sector organisations in England to upgrade public buildings with affordable, low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures. Funded through Phase 3a of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, the measures will save an estimated £650m a year on energy bills over the next 15 years.
Hospitals, schools, libraries, museums, and leisure centres across England are among hundreds of public buildings that will cut their use of expensive fossil fuels and save millions of pounds on bills.
A total of £90.7m has been awarded to public sector organisations in London. The London Borough of Camden has been successful with bids of >£2.7m for 5 projects, including energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation measures at Swiss Cottage Library, Talacre Leisure Centre and 3 schools. Elsewhere in Camden, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London has been awarded £260,050, to install air source heat pumps, and to improve the energy efficiency of their building.
Salix Finance who administers the PSDS programme on the government’s behalf have also announced that PSDS 3b will open to applications in September. Guidance notes for the next round of PSDS 3b are set to be published in July with an estimated £475m available to support heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency projects to decarbonise public sector buildings.
Full details of which public sector organisations that have been awarded funding through PSDS 3a can be found here.
More details about future PSDS 3 rounds can be found on the Salix Finance Website here.