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A new, state-of-the-art village hall, the Eco Social Centre in Highwood near Che ...

A new, state-of-the-art village hall, the Eco Social Centre in Highwood near Chelmsford, has been designed by the local community to be as environmentally friendly as possible and includes 76 solar photovoltaic panels and three solar thermal panels on its roof. It is anticipated that the two technologies will meet 80% of the centre’s electricity and 60% of its heating requirements, saving about five tonnes of carbon emissions each year. The EDF Energy Green Fund contributed £30,000 towards the cost of the Eco Social Centre’s renewable energy technologies. Grants were also received from the government’s Low Carbon Buildings Programme and the Community Sustainable Energy Programme. The government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme also ensures that the PV panels will generate money. EDF Energy, the centre’s electricity supplier, will pay the centre for every unit of electricity that is generated and for every unit that is un-used and exported back to the National Grid. The Eco Social Centre also includes an air source heat pump, which will extract heat

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