An £8.5m investment has seen Kensa Heat Pumps appointed as the preferred ground source heat pump (GSHP) supplier to Together Energy.
The investment in renewable heating technology was announced during the first ever Green GB Week – an annual week highlighting UK clean growth and means to tackle climate change.
As part of Together Housing Group, Together Energy is dedicated to improving the lives of residents through investment into low carbon energy efficiency programmes.
As one of the largest landlords in the North of England, Together Housing’s property portfolio has a variety of heating options. Night storage heaters are one example of the systems in place which are considered to be no friend to the planet or their user. They are thought of as impractical, expensive and environmentally unfriendly due to their lack of efficiency.
Together Energy has taken the decision to remove the expensive systems in 709 of its properties in a planned programme of change. This is set to benefit customers through the supply of green energy via shared loop Kensa ground source heat pumps.
These systems are up to three times more efficient than the storage heaters. Not only will this investment save the residents of Together Housing on average £195 per year on heat and hot water, it provides the organisation with an income through the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Together Energy managing director Patrick Berry said: “The GSHP investment forms part of a strategic energy plan that seeks to improve affordability of stock for tenants, reduce carbon and take advantage of existing incentives and emerging energy markets”.
The investment follows a successful pilot scheme with Kensa in Halifax, featuring the upgrade of two blocks of 60 flats.
Simon Lomax, managing director of the Kensa Group, said: “We are delighted to remain involved with Together Housing's programme and look forward to providing low cost and low carbon heating to many more residents. Kensa has unrivalled experience delivering major programmes and can offer a compelling package which is financially supported via both the Renewable Heat Incentive and Energy Company Obligation.”