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
- 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.