Cornish housing association, Coastline Housing, has been awarded a £27,000 grant through the Energy Saving Trust's Renewable Heat Premium Payment Phase 2 to install air source heat pumps at 20 off-gas homes in Camborne, Cornwall.
In addition, a further 400 of its properties across the region are benefiting from energy efficiency upgrades in one of the largest roll-outs of the government's Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).
External wall and loft insulation, an upgrade of heating systems and draught proofing, will help to reduce fuel bills through a 'whole house' approach. Monitoring and comparison will be conducted to assess the financial benefit to occupiers and is expected to be significant. Work is due to be completed by the end of November with CESP ending on 31 December this year.
EDF Energy is the funding partner for the Coastline Housing project and will secure CESP Carbon following the energy efficiency works, which total around £3 million for Camborne South and West. The main contractor is Mark Group Ltd.
Mitsubishi has supplied the Ecodan air source heat pumps and has also boosted the latest funding from The Energy Saving Trust by £300 per property. This equates to an additional £6,000 which will be used for further energy efficiency upgrades.
Ralph Retallack, Coastline Housing's project manager for CESP, said: 'Winter is on its way and the award of this second grant could not have been more timely.'
In 2011 Coastline Housing was awarded £145,000 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) through its first phase Renewable Heat Premium Payment for social landlords. Together with matched funding of £100,000 Coastline installed 35 Air Source heat pump systems in far West Cornwall properties off the mains gas network.