National Trust to invest £30m in renewable energy projects

The National Trust is investing £30m in more than 40 renewable energy projects following the successful completion of five pilot projects. The move will help the conservation body towards its objective to source half its energy from renewable sources on land it looks after by 2020, as well as reducing energy consumption and costs.

Upcoming projects include:

  • A 200kW lake source heating project on the Blickling Estate in Norfolk
  • Two biomass boilers at Upton House in Warwickshire to heat the mansion and other areas
  • A 250kW hydro scheme at Hayeswater in Cumbria.

Patrick Begg, National Trust rural enterprises director, said, “Many of the properties in our care are energy intensive and in remote areas without access to mains gas. Installing renewable technology in these places is a huge challenge, but we’ve learnt a great deal and will continue to do so”.

The organisation is working with Good Energy to develop its renewable energy strategy.

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