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A total of £9.4m has been made available to companies and local authorities across the UK to boost the use of low carbon technologies in homes and businesses.
The government has offered the money in a bid to encourage the use of heat pumps, energy from waste technologies, recovered industrial heat or heat taken from landfill.
More than 30 local authorities in England and Wales will take a share of £2.4m to support the development of heat network projects through the government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU).
Authorities that have successfully bid for a share of the capital, which includes grant funding, support and guidance, include the Borough of Poole, Cornwall County Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council.
Alongside the fund, a £7m scheme has also been launched, giving technology developers the opportunity to secure funding to support heat network projects.
Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey said: “Recovering wasted heat from industrial plants or landfill sites means we can heat our homes and businesses more efficiently, as well as helping to drive down energy bills.
“Improving the way we heat our buildings and helping local authorities fund innovative and more efficient ways of supplying lower carbon heat will also reduce our dependency on costly, imported gas.”