Lancaster University is set to significantly reduce its carbon footprint following a £5m funding award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The University is one of only three out of the 37 applicants to win the funding from HEFCE's £10m Transformational Fund. The fund has been made available specifically for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across England to radically transform their approaches to energy consumption and reducing emissions.
The proposed project is to develop two 2.3MW wind turbines on the university's Hazelrigg site to the east of the M6 motorway. Click here to view a map of the proposed location: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/windturbines/Location.htm
Lancaster University would be the first in England to install two 2.3mw wind turbines which would reduce its electricity consumption by approximately one-third, equivalent to the residential requirements of all students who live on campus.
A series of public exhibitions will be held at the University and in the local community for anybody interested in finding out more about the Wind Turbine project to attend.
* Monday 14 December 2009, 12:00-15:00 Lancaster University, University House reception
* Monday 14 December 2009, 17:30-20:00 Ellel War Memorial Institute, Stoney Lane, Galgate
* Tuesday 15 December 2009, 14:00-19:30 St Pauls Parish Hall, Scotforth Road, Lancaster
* Wednesday 16 December 2009, 16:00-20:00 Quernmore Methodist Church Hall, Quernmore
* Thursday 17 December 2009 10:30-16:00 Lancaster Central Library, Market Street, Lancaster
A scoping request has been submitted to Lancaster City Council, which set out the technical and environmental assessments that would be undertaken as part of a planning application.
To view the Scoping Opinion PDF document please click here: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/windturbines/Documents/Scoping%20Opinion%20011009.pdf
Please give your feedback on the Scoping Opinions document by emailing the uni using the Your Opinions form: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/windturbines/Youropinions.htm or writing to the uni or calling – see contacts: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/windturbines/Contact%20details.htm
A planning application will only be submitted following agreement on the scoping request by Lancaster City Council and the completion and assessment of the community consultation process. If the application is successful, construction would start in early 2010.