The UK’s largest heat pump retrofit programme is under way in Somerset, working to bring green technology to 200 homes before Christmas.
The project will benefit the most vulnerable residents living in sheltered properties.
Yarlington Housing Group’s successful bid for Government RHPP (Renewable Heat Premium Payment) funding, which was supplemented further via Kensa’s partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy, allowed the project to take place.
In order to satisfy funding conditions installations must benefit the most vulnerable residents, hence the decision to focus the programme on sheltered bungalows.
To support the programme, Kensa has recruited several employees for its production and project management departments.
In addition, the pioneering retrofit collaboration involves a team of resident liaison officers from Yarlington, five heating and plumbing companies, three drilling contractors and two ground works companies.
The installation of the ground source heat pumps will help significantly reduce Yarlington residents’ energy bills.
Replacing night storage heaters, the ground source heat pumps will provide all the heating and hot water needs by extracting naturally occurring heat stored in the garden using a 90m borehole.
As a ‘green’ project the carbon footprint of the whole scheme including its delivery was considered, which favoured Kensa given the heat pumps are manufactured in Cornwall.