Investment in Corby’s green, clean future

An electricity recharging point is  installed outside Corby Cube earlier this year
An electricity recharging point is installed outside Corby Cube earlier this year

Investment of £750,000 has been secured for green technology schemes in Corby.

With support from the borough council and the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), Electric Corby, a community interest company, has secured the funding.

SEMLEP has agreed to provide £200,000 from the Growing Places Fund towards the cost of building 10 zero energy bill homes at Priors Hall Park, as well as a cleantech hub at Corby Enterprise Centre to showcase the latest technology, aid businesses and attract inward investment.

In addition, an application to the European Regional Development Fund, has secured £244,000 of funding as part of a £557,000 project to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and support business growth and efficiency in Corby.

Project manager for Electric Corby, Nick Bolton, said “Securing more than £750,000 of investment in these projects for Corby means we can play our part in supporting economic growth across the borough, creating construction jobs and attracting new businesses by raising the profile of Corby as a leading edge business location.”

Leader of Corby Council Tom Beattie, said “Clean and green will play a big part in the future of Corby’s economy and we are delighted that this council’s commitment is being matched by SEMLEP, ERDF and the private sector to bring forward these cleantech projects in the town.”

The zero energy bill homes will be well-insulated three bedroom traditional brick houses with the latest solar energy and home automation systems to guarantee the homeowner no electricity or gas bills for two years.

After that, homeowners will have a home that will generate its own energy and will benefit from very low or even no energy bills, as a result of income in the form of Feed In Tariff and the Government’s new renewable heat incentive.

The 10 homes will be built in the first half of 2013 at Priors Hall Park.

Dr Ann Limb of SEMLEP said “The allocation of Growing Places Fund resources to projects like Corby’s zero energy bill homes is an important step for us as we work to support economic growth in our area.”

As part of Electric Corby’s work to attract investment and grow the clean technologies sector in Corby, it has secured 100 per cent funding for businesses that want to install the latest electric vehicle charging points for their customers, staff and vehicle fleets.

It is also looking for the best 23 locations in Corby to install its 100 per cent-funded charging points.