Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has toured Chesterfield to see how the town’s council is installing renewable energy technology in its own buildings and encouraging companies to follow suit.
During his visit, Mr Huhne saw the latest major private development in Chesterfield - the four-star Casa hotel, which uses air source heat pumps that divert energy from one part of the building to another as the sun moves around the hotel during the day.
The building was also designed to incorporate materials that reduce energy consumption and has a low energy boiler system.
Mr Huhne said: “Chesterfield’s a great example of how the local authority and local companies are making the most of the low carbon economy. Chesterfield Borough Council and the new Casa Hotel are putting into practice what many areas are still only talking about.
“Installing green energy is a triple win: it’s good for tackling climate change, good for securing our energy supplies, and good for jobs.”
Council buildings that have renewable installations include the Healthy Living Centre at Staveley, Queen’s Park Sports Centre, the Tourist Information Centre, the Town Hall and its business innovation centres
Chesterfield Council Leader, Coun Ray Russell, said: “There are a growing number of private sector companies in the Borough who have introduced such technology to their buildings and we now have strict guidelines in our planning policies for new builds to incorporate energy efficiency measures.”