An innovative green energy project planned for Strathclyde Country Park that could power neighboring homes has received seed funding.
The project aims to harness energy to produce low-carbon heat for homes, industry and public buildings, with this funding enabling it to develop a business case.
The development would involve the installation of a water heat pump at Strathclyde Loch and solar canopies in parking lots to generate electricity, as well as public art for generating energy.
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It would also see the existing water sports center being expanded and redeveloped into a climate-efficient building, with residential facilities and accommodation for students participating in outdoor education and for athletes participating in sporting events in the park. .
If the business case is successful, the project could receive up to Â£ 10million from the Green Growth Accelerator Program (GGAP) to cover the cost of the Â£ 16million project.
Gillian Mackay MSP welcomed the news that the Our Green Park, Green Power, Green Neighborhood project has been selected for GGAP support run by the Scottish Government and COSLA.
The project will create a detailed plan to generate green energy in Lanarkshire Park and the Scottish Greens MSP for central Scotland, a motion in the Scottish Parliament has raised welcoming the project.
She said Lanarkshire Live: âThis could be a fantastic project for Strathclyde Park. This is a truly innovative initiative, which has the future potential to use the natural resources of Strathclyde Country Park to heat homes, schools, community facilities and businesses in neighboring communities.
âThe proposal supports the ambitious plans of the North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) to transform the park into a world-class low-carbon ‘park of the future’, with facilities for local residents and elite athletes. I also hope that the project could make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of the council.
Councilor Michael McPake, Chairman of the NLC Environment and Transport Committee, added: âThis is an exciting initiative and I very much welcome the support of Gillian Mackay and others in the Scottish Parliament.
âWith the support of GGAP, we can now move forward with the development of a business case to develop the plans to produce green energy from the natural resources of the park and transform the water sports center into a a climate-efficient building.
âThis is an example of the council’s commitment to achieving net zero and implementing an ambitious master plan for the future of Strathclyde Country Park. “
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