Residents of a village near Falmouth are being encouraged to switch to a sustainable ground source heating system as part of a new renewable heating project that has been desccribed as a ‘UK first’ of this scale. Local company, Kensa Utilities, has been awarded a £6m grant by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to part-fund ‘Heat the Streets’, an £8.7 million Cornish renewable heating project, the initial stage of which will pioneer a Heat Pump Village in Stithians. After a competitive bidding process, Stithians Village was chosen for the first phase of the ground-breaking initiative, due to its favourable geology, engaged community energy partnership and the fact that, like many rural areas, the whole village is off the gas network. The heavily subsidised ground source heat pump installations will aim to save residents money on their heating bills, improve the energy efficiency of properties in the village, combat local air pollution and carbon emissions, and provide employment opportunities in the local area. Using freely available and naturally replenished heat energy stored below the surface, ground source heat pumps can achieve higher efficiencies than any other heating system. As the units are electrically powered, non-combustion devices that emit no local emissions or air pollution, the ground source heat pumps will reduce the carbon output associated with heating each home by around 70%. Lisa Treseder, Senior Project Manager at Kensa Utilities, who are a Cornish ground source heat pump infrastructure and asset company, said: “We are delighted to have secured European money from ERDF to part-fund this project, which is investing in local Cornish communities and providing future generations with cleaner, greener homes.
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