Heat pump and solar canopy project at Strathclyde Park could generate green energy to power nearby homes

A project to generate green energy in Strathclyde Park, which could generate heat for homes in the area, has received start-up funding.

The project would include the installation of a water heat pump in Strathclyde Loch and solar canopies within the parking lots for power generation as well as public art power generation.

The project to create a detailed plan for generating green energy in the landscaped park was selected for support from the Green Growth Accelerator program run by the Scottish Government and COSLA.

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North Lanarkshire Council’s Green Park, Green Power, Green Neighborhood project has received initial funding to develop a business case for using electricity to generate low-carbon heat for nearby homes, industries and public buildings.

The project would include the installation of a water heat pump in Strathclyde Loch and solar canopies within the parking lots for power generation as well as public art power generation.

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In addition, the existing water sports center is to be expanded and converted into a climate-efficient building, with facilities and accommodation for students who take part in the outdoor training and for athletes who take part in sporting events in the park.

If the business case is successful, the project can receive up to £ 10m from the Green Growth Accelerator program for the cost of the £ 16m project.

The water sports center in the park could also be refurbished

“This is a truly innovative initiative that has the future potential of harnessing Strathclyde Country Park’s natural resources – ‘Parkstrom’ – to heat local homes, schools, community facilities and businesses in neighboring communities,” said Councilor Michael McPake, Conveners of the Environment and Transport Committee.

“It supports our ambitious plans to transform the park into a world-class, low-carbon ‘park of the future’ with facilities for local residents and top athletes. The project will also make a significant contribution to our commitment to combating climate change by reducing our carbon footprint.

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“Our Green Park, Green Power, Green Neighborhood project will be a great example of how Scotland’s local authorities are innovating the transition to net zero by consolidating assets, retrofitting existing buildings and connecting them to locally generated, low-carbon heat and energy. “

Green Growth Accelerator aims to unleash additional £ 200 million investment in infrastructure projects to support Scotland’s transition to an inclusive net zero emissions economy. Scottish Ministers and COSLA have agreed to select six Boy Scout projects as the first phase of development for the program.

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