Work ends on city's green power scheme
Thousands of homes in the city are now being provided with environmentally friendly energy after the completion of a £15 million scheme.
The district energy scheme will provide low-carbon heating and energy to about 3,000 homes and a number of buildings on six estates. It has taken 18 months to complete.
Completion of the work, five weeks ahead of schedule, signals the end of months of traffic chaos, caused by the laying of nearly five miles of insulated heating pipes.
Deputy City Mayor Rory Palmer, who is due to launch the scheme today at the University of Leicester, said: "We are incredibly grateful for the patience people have shown while this work has been carried out.
"It has been an incredibly complex and ambitious project, covering around 7km of some of the city's busiest roads"
The project, a partnership with Cofely District Energy, covers major buildings including the University of Leicester, De Montfort Hall, the Town Hall, Moat Community College and the Central Library. It is hoped it will soon provide heat to Leicester prison.
The scheme uses a combination of more than five megawatts of low- carbon gas-fired combined heat and power plants and upgraded biomass boilers. It also includes a new 3.2 megawatt combined heat and power engine at the University of Leicester.
It will help achieve carbon savings of about 12,000 tonnes a year by 2014.