Heat pumps for Rotherham residents with the RHPP

By Katie Anderson on November 15th, 2012

Social housing providers can currently bid for funds to install renewable heating technologies to help tenants lower their heating bills without compromising on comfort.  

And that’s exactly what Rotherham Council has done. Tenants in two rural villages which aren’t connected to mains gas are to benefit from the installation of air source heat pumps, thanks to a Government scheme which aims to encourage social housing providers to invest in renewable heating.

At a cost of £117,504 air-to-water heat pumps will provide space and water heating for council properties in the villages of Firbeck and Ulley which presently have to rely on LPG, electricity and solid fuel heating.

Under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), which is the forerunner to the Renewable Heat Incentive, social landlords scheme social housing providers can bid for up to £156,000 of funding. In this instance, Rotherham Council was awarded 30% of funding, equating to £35,760, to provide 12 council properties with air source heat pumps. The council will invest the remaining £81,744 required from its own resources.

Speaking to the Worksop Guardian Councillor Rose McNeely said in light of rising energy costs there had never been a better time to invest in the renewable heating technology, which would help tenants to lower their heating and hot water bills.

“At a time of ever-increasing energy costs it will really cut down the risk of fuel poverty for these particular tenants. The sustainability of current heating solutions for people in rural areas is questionable and from an environmental point of view their homes will be far greener.”

The RHPP is administered by the Energy Saving Trust.


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