The UK’s National Trust is to invest £30m in renewable energy in a bid to supply a large proportion of its energy needs from green sources by the end of the decade.
The investment includes solar panels, woodchip boilers and innovative technology that can extract heat from a lake.
The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation organisation and this investment in renewable power is a significant increase on the £3.5 investment the trust made in five pilot green projects.
The renewable energy projects planned at 40 of the trust’s sites will cut energy usage by 20%.
More than half of these projects will focus on biomass – taking advantage of the National’s Trust’s woodland. The other projects will use solar, heat pumps and hydro.