The social landlords are the first group of successful bidders to be announced as part of the latest round of Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) competition, which was launched in May this year.
Landlords receiving the money will use the funding to help install a host of renewable heating kit such as air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal installations.
Greg Barker: The coalition determined to help with rising cost of living
Greg Barker, energy and climate change minister, commented: “The coalition is determined to help consumers with the rising cost of living. This latest cash boost for social landlords will help install nearly 2,400 renewable heating technologies in the homes of social tenants, helping hard pressed families save money on their energy bills.
“It’s great to see so many social landlords across Great Britain getting involved. The second strand of our renewable heat competition is still open to bids so I would encourage those who have not yet taken advantage of the funding available to get on board.”
550+ heat pumps on the way
Successful candidates include Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire which are planning to install more than 400 air source heat pumps. Meanwhile, Devon and Cornwall Housing Ltd are using the funding to purchase more than 150 ground source heat pumps.
The Energy Saving Trust reviewed the bids, and a panel of representatives from DECC looked at a range of criteria, including value for money, fuel to be replaced, extra energy efficiency measures to be installed and initiatives to work with local communities.
The projects that won the funding did so because they were deeemed to offer the best value for money, as well as the best mix of renewable heat technologies. Initiatives undertaken as a result of the funding will need to be finished by the end of March 2014.