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Council receives grant for solar panels at Bridgwater Town Hall

BRIDGWATER council is getting a grant of £75,000 to replace its ageing gas-fired heating system at the town hall.

The money is coming from Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Fund and will be used to fit with 72 panel heaters powered by electricity generated by solar panels installed on the roof.

A council spokesperson said: “As part of this project, all sash windows will be fully refurbished, all roof voids insulated and secondary glazing being considered where single glazed metal frames are present.”

Cllr Pearce, the Town Council’s Climate Portfolio holder, added: “I am overjoyed that Somerset County Council could see the benefits of Bridgwater Town Council’s application.

“This project will help reduce the town council’s carbon footprint and produce sustainable energy. This will reduce electricity costs and remove the need to use gas, thus saving the council in excess of £20,000 per annum.”

More than 136 applications were submitted to the emergency fund and 40 were successful, receiving grants ranging from £5,000 and the maximum £75,000.

Other successful applications in Sedgemoor included: The list of approved projects included: Cheddar, solar panels and battery; Chedzoy, development of five areas including pathways and planting; Edington, solar panels and battery; Lympsham, heating upgrade, LED and rewilding; Puriton, sports centre, playing fields, nature reserve; Shipham, academy school environmental improvement plan.


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