The scheme provides grants for the installation of microgeneration technologies in public sector buildings, including schools, hospitals, housing associations and local authorities and charitable bodies. Grants are available for the installation of solar photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind, ground source heat pump, and biomass systems.A Suffolk primary school benefited from an earlier grant scheme and now makes use of several types of renewable energy sources to contribute to the electrical and heating demands of the building, which in-turn contribute to the overall sustainability of the new school building to reduce its environmental impact. A wind turbine generates 6kW of electricity and on an average day the electricity produced is sufficient to run all the computers in the ICT Suite. A further 1kW of electricity is produced by a number of photo voltaic modules mounted on the specially sloped roof. These modules collect energy from the sun and convert it to electricity with no moving parts.
The school has also installed a large area of solar panels on the roof slope to provide additional heat to the water storage tanks. Heat throughout the school is distributed via under floor heating. This form of heating uses water at a lower temperature than conventional radiators and is therefore able to make best use of the water heated by the solar collectors.
To qualify for a grant products must be purchased from listed suppliers and installed by their sub-contractors.
The programme is managed for the Department of Trade & Industry by Building Research Establishment, and applications can be made until March 2008.
Further information is available at: http://www.lowcarbonbuildingsphase2.org.uk