The new Langarth Garden Village will be powered by a renewable green energy center after the project is approved by Cornwall Council (Image: Cornwall Council)
A new subdivision on the outskirts of Truro, Cornwall, will be powered by low-cost green energy after planners approved a plan to build a renewable power plant on site.
The new Renewable Energy Center, which received the green light from Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, could ultimately generate around 20 megawatts of green power in Langarth as part of the project.
The Energy Center will provide a central hub for the site’s power supply, bringing together on-site and off-site renewable energies.
It will be connected to the grid, ensuring both security of supply and the export of surplus production.
Heat pump technology, higher levels of insulation and solar panels will be used to power and heat homes, offices and other buildings in Langarth Garden Village, with electric vehicle charging points provided for each home.
Council officials said that together, these measures will provide net zero-carbon homes with low running costs for residents, while also generating income from the sale of excess electricity to the grid.
The energy center will also be used to support the development of the new £ 100million Hospital for Women and Children building and other planned improvements to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
RCHT chief executive Kate Shields said the additional capacity provided by the Langarth Energy Center would help ensure the Trust’s ambitious plans are delivered on time.
Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council Planning and Economics Cabinet Member, said: “We said at the start of the project that we wanted to create a new way of life in Langarth,” said Tim Dwelly, Cabinet Member of the. Cornwall Council for Planning and the Economy.
“It means designing a new sustainable community that is adaptable, resilient and fit for future life.
“We worked closely with adjacent landowners and stakeholders in the planning process.
“By ensuring greater use of the renewable energies created and used on site and increasing the capacity to support future use of electric vehicles, the new energy center will play a key role in helping Langarth and the city council to grow. ‘move away from carbon dependence.
“The creation of the new energy center, however, will not only benefit future residents of Langarth.
“I am particularly pleased that the project is supporting the development of the hospital site, as well as strengthening the power supply to Truro, and I look forward to seeing these ideas included in other new housing sites in Cornwall. . “
Located next to the relay park, the center will include a complex of transformers to house the electrical substation as well as a custom-made battery storage area that will store the green energy produced on the site for residents.
The project team is also investigating the possibility of providing solar panels on the carports on the proposed extension of the relay park, as well as on other buildings and offices across the site, and is exploring the potential of district heating. using geothermal energy as a renewable heat source. .
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