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E.on in talks over delivery of low-carbon homes

Energy giant E.on is holding talks with major housebuilders to deliver up to 20 large-scale carbon-compliant developments throughout the UK.

E.on head of community energy Jeremy Bungey said the firm was seeing an increase in work as delayed projects restarted following years of uncertainty.

The company provides localised energy sources for developments of more than 500 houses.

E.on has already worked with Barratt, providing gas from an energy centre on the Dalston Square development in London, and has also signed a £4 million contract with Inland Homes to deliver a system for a low-carbon community of over 770 properties at Drayton Garden Village in west London.

A recent report from the Zero Carbon Hub recommended carbon emissions be reduced on new houses by between 56 and 60 per cent from 2016.

Mr Bungey said E.on could install technology to ensure homes were carbon-compliant to 2010 levels at below the estimated costs in the report.

“There are a lot of variables but the connection model we have for large developments can beat the costs outlined in the report,” he said.

Mr Bungey said the ultimate goal was to provide solutions in a retrofit capacity and target schools, hospitals and social housing work, but that at the moment the costs were prohibitive.

E.on is also involved in providing an energy centre for the £210m Cranbrook community and Skypark business development near Exeter (pictured).

It will construct CHP units and supplementary boilers through its M&E subcontractors on the site of the Skypark scheme.

Mr Bungey added that support for biomethane gas would be crucial for the UK to meet its renewable energy targets.