SSE Energy Solutions is to develop a new £25m low carbon district heating and electricity scheme in Aire Valley, Leeds.
Announced today [8th June] at the Decarbonisation Summit 2022, the scheme aims to serve local businesses including Yorkshire Water who it is estimated will save 5000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year alone - the equivalent annual electricity use of 3,200 homes.
Located south of Leeds city centre, Aire Valley is home to around 400 businesses employing around 15,000 people, mainly in manufacturing, wholesale and distribution.
The energy network is planned to be served by enfinium’s new Skelton Grange Energy-from-Waste facility which is currently under construction with HZI and scheduled for completion in 2025.
SSE is exploring potential opportunities to capture waste heat from the enfinium Energy-from-Waste facility and distribute it via insulated pipes under the ground to local businesses. Some local businesses may also benefit by being supplied with lower cost electricity directly from the Energy-from-Waste facility.
Heat networks are a core part of the UK Government’s net zero strategy and currently provide about 2% of the UK’s heat. It is estimated by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) that around 18% of UK heat will need to come from heat networks by 2050, if the UK is to meet its carbon targets cost effectively.