Cash constrained local authorities and public bodies are set to benefit from accelerated development of low carbon heat networks via the Re:fit Framework for Energy Performance Contracting.
The Re:fit framework is a procurement and support programme for public bodies wishing to implement CAPEX-free low carbon energy that can help deliver on carbon reduction targets. The initiative was developed by the Greater London Authority in 2009, but is now supporting public organisations across England and Wales.
Richard Slee, CEO of Switch2 Energy, one of the energy suppliers selected, said: 'We're proud to be selected for the Re:fit framework alongside 15 of the UK's leading sustainable energy suppliers. We look forward to creating new heat network partnerships with Local Authorities and other social housing providers to help them achieve their sustainability ambitions and provide affordable, reliable energy solutions for residents.'
Switch2 was awarded a place on the national framework following a rigorous tender and assessment process. This means that the company will design, build and operate fully funded heat networks for local authorities and housing associations, with investment recovered under long-term ESCo partnership agreements.
Switch2 is an ESCo provider – supplying end-to-end delivery of heat network projects to many social housing providers under fully funded energy performance contracts. This service includes feasibility, design and construction, commissioning, financing, long-term operation and maintenance, together with billing and customer services.
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