Work has begun to expand Bristol Heat Networks to help local businesses and houses access to low carbon and sustainable forms of heat and energy.
The network now takes in a large part of the Temple and Redcliffe area and consists of a large underground network of pipes.
The first stage of the network already provides over 700 residents in social housing blocks around the city with low carbon and affordable heat for their homes.
Work to install these pipes has been planned to coincide with the work to redesign the Redcliffe roundabout in order to minimise disruption to traffic.
Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste and Regulatory Services said: “It’s great to see the first lengths of pipe going into the ground. We know that energy networks make a big impact on our city’s use of carbon. By providing low carbon heat networks we are helping to make a big shift towards making sure the city is run on clean energy by 2050.
“We’re now engaging with businesses and housing developers to expand the network further across the city to give as many people as possible an opportunity to connect to this sustainable low carbon resource.’
Bristol’s Cabinet approved the expansion in June 2016.
Businesses and developers who are interested in connecting to the council’s Heat Network can find out more by contacting HeatNetworks@bristol.gov.uk