A PIONEERING energy scheme which will use river heat to power homes and businesses has been given the green light. Planning permission has been awarded for a new energy centre at the 80-acre Queens Quay development in Clydebank. The £250 million project seeks to transform the disused John Brown’s shipyard site into a new business, leisure and residential district. The area will be served by a heat network that draws power from the waters of the Clyde with specialised pumps. Developers say this will be the “largest and most ambitious” district heat network in the country and will make the West Dunbartonshire town “the greenest town in Scotland”. The carbon-free system is designed on a modular basis to allow expansion, and could eventually take in the nearby Golden Jubilee Hospital and wider Clydebank area. Queens Quay is owned by Clydeside Regeneration Limited, with some funding coming from West Dunbartonshire Council. The local authority will own, operate and maintain the heating system, promising reduced tariffs for customers. Gas boilers will also be included as a back-up to cover emergency or peak demand.
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