Dundee householders are set to benefit from a project that could save them hundreds of pounds on their heating bills.
Among the first to see benefits will be more than 700 residents in Lochee who could enjoy improvements as early as the end of this year.
Work is due to begin on introducing the project at 550 flats in Kirk Street and 168 in Whorterbank later this year with completion expected in 2019.
A report to go before Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee on Monday will seek approval for the District Heating Strategy 2018-2028.
District heating is the supply of heat or hot water from one source to a district or a group of buildings.
It enables a network of properties to receive heat from the same source — providing cheaper and greener heating.
The city currently has four such schemes and hopes to extend that to 13 in the next decade.
The council has already installed a similar scheme in the Hilltown multis — Dallfield, Hilltown, Tulloch and Bonnetmakers Courts — in which hot water is pumped to flats from central boilers.
The report shows that the council hopes to deliver district heating projects and networks in the Lochee and Dighty corridor subject to funding by December 2021
It’s also hoped to expand a district heating network in the city centre in partnership with other local public and private stakeholders by December 2022.
Work with public and private sector partners will also be undertaken to explore district heating opportunities in and around Menzieshill and Coldside by April 2023.
In the report, director of city development Mike Galloway explains that a number of opportunities have been identified at Lochee, Linlathen and the Dighty corridor.
He adds: “These projects have been submitted as applications within stage one and the council will be notified of the outcome by June.
“The Lochee area has been chosen as it has a diverse range of buildings and construction types, and varying socio-economic factors.
“It is a mixed use area similar to others in Dundee so elements are likely to be replicable.
“Fuel poverty levels are high.
“The neighbourhoods of Lochee and Menzieshill are currently in the process of regeneration which will include new developments in the near future.
“This will also provide the opportunity to test the project in a developing community.”