Ardenham Energy launches free heat pump scheme
By Katie Anderson on July 30th, 2012
They were the first company in the UK to be awarded MCS accreditation and now in another first renewable energy company Ardenham Energy is launching a scheme to install ground source heat pumps for free.
Like free solar rent-a-roof schemes, Ardenham’s Sun and Soil scheme will give heat-intensive businesses such as hotels, care homes, leisure centres and schools the opportunity to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions through the installation of ground source heat pumps.
Businesses who are off the gas grid and who use costly gas or oil boilers or even electric immersion heaters can switch to the renewable technology to provide green heating and hot water. Possibly the first funded heat pump project of its kind for UK energy consumers, Ardenham Energy has estimated that a care home with two oil boilers should be able to save £9,600 during the first year of having a heat pump installed. That figure would rise to £20,331 by the tenth year.
Speaking to Business Green, director of the Sun and Soil project Andy Allen said the cost of the technology – which can be between £80,000 to £400,000 per installation – was often a stumbling block for energy consumers interested in installing heat pumps
“As far as we are aware this is the first time businesses of all types… who are heat users and are off the gas grid, can switch over to operating a ground source heat pump with no installation cost,” he added.
In return for supplying, installing and maintaining the ground source heat pumps Ardenham Energy will benefit from a “small payment” for the electricity used. They will also receive a portion of the money the business will be entitled to by generating green heating from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.
Based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Ardenham Energy was founded in 2007 and has more than 1,500 renewable energy installations under its belt ranging from solar PV and solar thermal hot water system to biomass boilers and heat pumps.