Government backs low carbon tech development
A total of £9.4m has been made available to companies and local authorities across the UK to boost the use of low carbon technologies in homes and businesses.
The government is offering developers the chance to compete for a share of a £7m fund to secure investment to support heat network projects, in a bid to encourage the use of heat pumps, energy from waste technologies, recovered industrial heat or heat taken from landfill.
Energy secretary Ed Davey said: "Recovering wasted heat from industrial plants or landfill sites means we can heat our homes and businesses more efficiently, as well as helping to drive down energy bills.
"Improving the way we heat our buildings and helping local authorities fund innovative and more efficient ways of supplying lower carbon heat will also reduce our dependency on costly, imported gas."
The funding is part of a £9.4m investment in low carbon technologies and includes a £2.4m Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU).
More than 30 local authorities from across England and Wales have successfully bid for a share of the capital, which includes grant funding, support and guidance.