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7 December 2023
Built Environment

Low Carbon Heat Project Announced for Secondary School

A Denbighshire secondary school is set to undergo work to improve onsite energy efficiency.

Denbighshire County Council’s Energy team are preparing to start work at Ysgol Brynhyfryd during January 2024 to provide a more efficient environment at the school and also reduce long term energy costs.

The team is currently working on a number of projects to improve building energy efficiency and also support the reduction of carbon emissions and usage costs over the longer term.

The Welsh Government are funding 90 percent of the low carbon heat project which will see Ysgol Brynhyfryd receive two 50kW air source heat pumps which will be housed in a new compound on site.

The council is funding an additional two solar PV arrays – making the school have a total of three arrays (binging the total to around 100kW) and LED lighting systems to help reduce emissions and utility costs at the school and provide a better environment for both pupils and staff.

Heatpumps turn one unit of energy into three units of heat by using ambient environmental temperature and can utilise some of the output from the solar panels to do this

The project is expected to be completed after the February half term holidays.

Robert Jones, Principal Energy Manager said:

“We are really grateful to the school for allowing us to carry out this project and the WG for mostly funding the heatpumps and look forward to working with them and supporting them in becoming a more energy efficient site.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“This is a substantial project to not just to help tackle the impact of climate change but also the reduction of long-term energy costs at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.

“Our Energy team is carrying out a lot of work to improve energy efficiency at schools across Denbighshire and I look forward to seeing the results for the pupils and the staff at this site.”

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