Government funds heat networks with £54m

The Government has provided £54m of funding to support the rollout of heat networks helping reduce energy bills and support local regeneration.

Nearly 28,000 homes and businesses will be shielded from fossil fuels as the Government supports the development of schemes in London, Bedfordshire and Woking that use low-carbon heat sources such as heat pumps and energy from waste to warm properties. The annual carbon savings from these four projects is the equivalent to taking over 5,500 cars off the road or the average household use of over 400 kettles.

Almost £28m will fund two innovative heat network projects in Haringey in London, with nearly £17m going to a project in Stewartby in Bedfordshire and a further £9m for one in Woking.

A heat network is a distribution system of insulated pipes that takes heat from a central source, such as large-scale heat pumps or heat recovered from industry and delivers it to a number of domestic or non-domestic buildings.

So far, a total of over £250m has been awarded since 2018 in funding for such projects from the £320m Heat Networks Investment Project, which will help households and businesses across the regions to access low carbon heating. The £288m Green Heat Network Fund is the successor funding scheme to HNIP and will support low-carbon technologies like heat pumps, solar and geothermal energy in the roll out of the next generation of heat networks.

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