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Progress secures funding for renewable heating for homes in Lancashire

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Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Local Government

Eight homes in Preston, Lancashire will soon benefit from new heating systems after Progress Housing Group secured a renewable energy grant of £22,000.

The Lancashire-based housing group was awarded the funding after it was invited to bid, along with all other UK social landlords, for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) £5 million Heat Premium Payment competition.  Progress Housing Group was just one of nine social landlords in the North West, and 57 in the country to be awarded funding. 

All projects were reviewed by the Energy Saving Trust and scored on specific criteria including value for money, involvement with the local community and the type of fuel to be replaced. The winners were deemed to offer the best value for money and seen to be installing a mix of renewable heating.

The homes, at Bolton Croft sheltered housing scheme in Preston, currently do not have a mains gas supply and are considered ‘hard to heat’.

The grant will fund the supply and installation of air source heat pumps, which absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, under floor heating systems, or warm air convectors and hot water. They can extract heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15°C. Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the air is constantly being renewed naturally.

The installations are expected to being in April this year and completed by May.

Eric Tamanis, Executive Director of Business, Development and Property Services for Progress Housing Group, said: “Being awarded this funding means that we can invest in new renewable heat technologies, which will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills for our tenants.

“We will continue to look at other opportunities to secure similar funding in the near future.”

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