Renewable energy transforms Eccles housing scheme
Published by Bobbie H for City West Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Matt Jones, Assistant Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at City West, celebrates the improvements at Shepway Court with residents and City West’s Independent Living Service.
The largest ground source heat pump ever to be installed in a sheltered scheme is set to heat 40 properties in Salford.
City West Housing Trust, which owns 14,600 homes in west Salford, has installed the innovative heating system at Shepway Court in Eccles, replacing the old expensive gas heating system.
Residents gathered at a celebration event this week to mark the end of the works which have also included improvements to the communal areas, new lifts, windows and doors as part of City West’s multi-million pound programme to regenerate its sheltered accommodation.
City West customer Gail Lefley, 58, said: “I couldn’t have asked for more. We were looked after while the work was carried out and the final outcome was amazing. They have made my home look beautiful.”
The new ground source heat pump will extract low level heat from the ground using twelve 150 metre holes. This heat then feeds two heat pumps which are used to heat hot water and provide heating to all the flats and communal areas in the scheme.
A 42kw Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panel has also been installed on the roof of the building. The PV panel will supply electricity to the heat pump and the rest of the scheme, further reducing energy costs for customers.
Nigel Sedman, Assistant Director of Investment and Regeneration at City West, said: “Since we installed the heat pump the costs for providing heating and hot water has been less than £4 per flat per week and we will continue to monitor this.
“As well as reducing energy costs we estimate that the carbon emissions from Shepway Court will be more than halved from 83 tonnes to 40 tonnes a year which is the equivalent of taking 10 cars off the road.”
In its first five years, City West has invested £63 million on energy efficiency products which have saved customers over £4 million on their energy bills.
You can find out more about City West’s sheltered accommodation and the support available from the housing association’s Independent Living Service by visiting www.citywesthousingtrust.org.uk.