2 Jun 16

Social housing tenants in Devon and Cornwall benefitted by award-winning renewable heating partnership

Over the past 18 months, EDF Energy and Kensa Heat Pumps have helped tenants in 75 homes in Devon and Cornwall save money on their energy bills through an award-winning partnership; securing energy efficiency funding to help housing associations in the south west tackle fuel poverty in their off gas grid stock.

The unique commitment between EDF Energy and Cornwall based ground source heat pump manufacturer Kensa Heat Pumps has helped social landlords like Westward Housing, North Devon Homes and Coastline Housing to access funding from the Energy Company Obligations (ECO) and the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to replace inefficient electric heating and oil fired systems with sustainable ground source heat pumps from Kensa, thus reducing fuel bills for residents, as well as carbon emissions.

So far, the partnership has secured substantial funding and the ground source heat pumps that have been installed in the 75 properties are predicted to yield total annual running cost savings of £24,443, around £325 per household and significant carbon reductions.

This success has earned recognition, with the partnership winning the Best Large Scale Project Award at the South West Regional Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards on Wednesday 25th May. The awards celebrate the excellent work being done by the energy efficiency sector to help homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions by installing renewable heating technology using Government schemes including ECO and the RHI.

The partnership between Kensa and EDF Energy is thought to be the first of its kind to support the installation of micro heat network ground source heat pump projects under the ECO funding scheme. Ofgem and DECC have recognised that micro heat networks offer significant potential for carbon savings where the most inefficient fuels – notably electric or oil - are replaced by ground source heat pumps. EDF Energy and Kensa Heat Pumps have continued to pioneer the micro ground source heat network approach with other social housing providers and many more similar projects have taken place across sites in other regions of the UK.

Mark Dallen, Business Development Account Manager at EDF Energy, commented: “We are so pleased to have won this award for our successful partnership with Kensa Heat Pumps in the south west. This project is a fantastic example of the work we are doing to tackle fuel poverty and provide low carbon energy saving measures across the UK.”

Chris Davis, Commercial Director of Kensa Heat Pumps commented: “We are delighted to have won the best Large Scale Project Award for our partnership with EDF Energy. From the outset, EDF Energy had the foresight to realise the potential for ‘micro heat networks’ to deliver ground source heat pump installations at volume and have worked alongside Kensa to ensure that DECC and Ofgem recognised that the architecture is eligible for ECO funding alongside the Non Domestic RHI.

He continues:

 “This has enabled us to deliver numerous ground source heat pump retrofit projects across the south west as well as other regions of the country which have helped a significant number of vulnerable people out of fuel poverty. We look forward to continuing to work together with EDF Energy and social landlords to benefit many more households across the UK.”

EDF Energy and Kensa Heat Pumps’ win at the regional event ensures that the partnership can now be entered into the National Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards in the Best Large Project of the Year category.

For more information contact:

Craig Owen
External Communications Officer - Customers

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

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