Stockport Homes leads the way with new heating system
Published by Nicola Mileham for Stockport Homes in Housing and also in Environment, Local Government
Stockport Homes' staff, Cllrs, Board Members and partner agencies celebrating the new biomass boiler
Stockport Homes celebrated the completion of the first of their district heating upgrades to convert gas fired systems to highly efficient and environmentally friendly biomass fuel on Monday 13 February.
This innovative project has resulted in the biomass boiler providing heating and hot water to all 487 flats at Lancashire Hill, Heaton Norris. The 999kW biomass boiler will also deliver carbon savings of around 1,400 tonnes per annum (a reduction of 75%); which is great for the environment.
The 34 year old gas boilers at Lancashire Hill were removed and replaced with a new highly efficient biomass boiler that runs on wood chips. New gas boilers were also installed as a backup as well as other low carbon measures such as heating control upgrades and solar thermal.
Stockport Homes were able to complete this project because of the funding received from British Gas under their obligations to the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) totalling £750k, along with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding of £617k. Stockport Homes were one of only five successful bids for ERDF funding in the Greater Manchester region.
Stockport Homes are planning more schemes like this for district heated sites during 2012 which is likely to see a mass transition from gas to renewables greater than that that of coal to gas in the 1970’s; with an aim of moving towards low carbon and sustainable fuel sources.
Mark Hudson, Director of Technical Services said, “This project shows that Stockport Homes are about much more than bricks and mortar. We have taken a very positive move to develop this innovative scheme to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like biomass.”
Back row: Nat Stott, NPS; Stuart Leatherbarrow, NPS; Tony Johnson, NPS; Roger Phillips, Chair of Stockport Homes’ Board; Steve Leonard, Head of Assets and Development at Stockport Homes; Steve Gapik, British Gas National CESP Manager; Sally Gabriel, Assistant Environmental Officer at Stockport Homes
Front row: Cllr Chris Murphy; Cllr Shan Alexander, Executive Member (Environment); Joe Keating, Environmental and Energy Manager at Stockport Homes; Mark Hudson, Director of Technical Services at Stockport Homes; Cllr Dave Goddard, Leader of the Council; Jon Blackwell, Head of Investment at Stockport Homes
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