Issue details

Issue details

Decarbonisation Funding - Heat Pumps and Solar Investment

Salix Finance offered £9.3m of Public Sector Decarbonisation funding for decarbonisation work across the City Council estate:
a. Heat Pumps - The project will install heat pumps (replacing gas boilers) across five of the Council’s big carbon emitting sites: Leys Pools & Leisure Centre; Oxford Ice Rink; Barton Leisure Centre; Rose Hill Community Centre; and subject to feasibility Oxford Town Hall
b. Energy Storage – The programme will also deliver the installation of thermal and battery energy storage at each site to maximise the effectiveness of the heat pump and solar PV approach.
c. Electrical Upgrade - Deliver electrical system infrastructure upgrade for the sites to cope with higher electrical demands associated with heat pumps. Metering will also be installed at all sites.
d. Off-site solar – Allow investment in a large portion of a local solar farm which will meet a significant part of the increased electrical demand arising from the shift away from burning gas for heating. Through this contracting arrangement green electricity will be provided to our sites from remote PV.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/01/2021

Decision due: 23 Dec 2020 by Chief Executive