£36m for green energy projects in the Solent area

The South West Net Zero Hub has played a successful supporting role in Eastleigh Borough Council’s decision to green light investment in an ambitious programme of ‘Green Living’ projects. 

Feasibility studies funded by the Hub have contributed to the programme of exciting ‘Green Living’ projects agreed by the council’s Cabinet last month. The investment in renewable energy systems is part of the Borough’s plans to be carbon neutral by 2030 and will support the development of sustainable housing in the area.  

The green energy schemes at One Horton Heath, a housing and mixed-use development that aims to maximise the opportunities for onsite sustainable generation of energy, will comprise: 

  • a new large-scale ground mounted solar farm that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of electricity by around 9% for the borough 
  • a private wire distribution network connected to the council’s solar farm – serving the businesses and electric vehicle charging points across One Horton Heath 
  • a ground source heat pump network providing heating, hot water and/or cooling from a central source serving the homes, community buildings and businesses at One Horton Heath 

These schemes will be funded through income from the sale of green power and revenue generated at One Horton Heath. 

John Lancaster, South West Net Zero Hub Project Manager, said: “It’s great news that the feasibility study funded by the Hub has helped demonstrate the business case for going ahead with this innovative, green energy project.” 

The first homes are expected to be occupied on the site in May 2024.