Kensa secures RHPP funding for social housing providers

Published by Kate Anderson on August 19th, 2013

A UK manufacturer of ground source heat pumps has managed to secure renewable heat funding for five social housing providers keen to switch to heat pumps as a cost effective method of heating their housing stock.

A joint bid with Kensa Engineering for funding from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme proved successful, enabling social housing providers including Devon & Cornwall Housing Ltd and Yorkshire Housing Ltd to take advantage of the renewable heating scheme.

Registered social landlords have the opportunity to bid for RHPP Fast Track funding to support the installation of renewable heating systems like heat pumps in social housing stock. A total funding pot of £7 million was on the table, and combined the five lucky social housing providers – which also includes Shropshire Rural Housing Ltd, Ocean Housing and Tarka Housing – share funds in excess of £2 million.

Kensa is commited to helping social housing providers secure financial assistance and continues to work together with a number of social housing providers in order to secure additional funding for retrofitting renewable heating technologies like heat pumps through the RHPP Social Housing Competition.

The Fast Track competition has proved popular, with more than fifty applications, of which seven were for ground source heat pumps.

Bids were scored against strict criteria, which included:

  • Value for money
  • Energy savings
  • Deliverability
  • Community engagement

All of the successful social housing providers must have their retrofit ground source heat pump projects completed before the end of March 2014.

Survey reveals advances in heat pumps

Published by Kate Anderson on August 13th, 2013

The Energy Saving Trust has revealed the results of its long awaited survey into the performance and efficiency of heat pumps. 

Interest in renewable heating, such as air source and ground source heat pumps, is set to increase as homeowners look to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive. The Government scheme, which pays householders money for generating renewable heat, is to go live next Spring.

According to the Energy Saving Trust’s report, efficiency and performance of heat pumps has vastly improved as a result of recommendations being implemented which take into account design, installation and operation.

The in-depth study took into account technical data from sites across the UK and found that installation is key to a heat pumps performance. Homes best suited to heat pumps can see the technology perform to an extremely high standard, with a ground source heat pump installation generating savings and income in the region of £3,000 per annum. Air source heat pumps manage to achieve savings and income of around £1,350 a year.

Of the households who participated in the survey, 80% said they were satisfied with the performance of their heat pump and 77% said they would happily recommend heat pumps to family and friends due to running costs and efficiency.

Back in 2010, after carrying out the first phase of its research, the Energy Saving Trust put forward various recommendations for the heat pump industry and end users to adhere to which addressed performance and efficiency. It was determined that systems which performed well, if not the best performing, were more often than not properly designed and installed.

From 2010 to 2013 performance monitoring trials were carried out, with the introduction of improved installation standards revealing improvements in performance.

Commenting on the results, Jaryn Bradford, the Energy Saving Trust’s senior technical manager said the study revealed that heat pumps are sensitive to design and commissioning, and also how the end user uses the system.

“Based upon the results of the study, we are convinced that heat pumps can play a significant role in providing an effective heating solution for homes and reducing carbon emissions.”

More and more householders are turning to air source and ground source heat pumps as a practical solution for reducing heating bills and lowering emissions, and to earn an extra tax free income through the Renewable Heat Incentive.

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