The new scheme will allow home owners to claim vouchers (paid for by the government) to cover two-thirds of the cost of home improvements, up to a maximum of £5,000. For example, if a homeowner installed an air source heat pump, costing around £6,000, the homeowner would pay just £2,000 – with the government paying £4,000. Households on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.
The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners, including owner occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal
In addition, households can use their voucher for further energy saving measures. These include one or more of the following:
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
Households will be offered a list of approved TrustMark and MCS registered tradespeople in their local area to carry out the work. Once the works are agreed, vouchers will start to be issued from the end of September so work can commence.
For more information, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/quality-assurance-at-heart-of-new-2-billion-green-homes-grants
Assisted by the University of Exeter, the GeoAtlantic project has created an informative video, aimed at school children that explains the principles of geothermal energy and ground source heat pumps. To view the video, please follow the link below:
On the 30th of June from 09:30 to 11:00 (UK time) the European Heat Pump Association will host the first episode in their ‘Online Project Talks’ webinar series. The talk will feature the GeoAtlantic project alongside three others: SunHorizon, Enertun & SecRHC.
For a full agenda and to register to join, please click HERE
On 20/05/20 Exeter University hosted the GeoAtlantic virtual conference, with presentations from eight of the project partners, supplemented by four external guest speakers including: Cornwall Council, Camborne School of Mines, United Downs Deep Geothermal Power Project and Kensa Heat Pumps. The conference was well received by a large number of guests who provided great feedback indicating that the presentations gave an interesting insight into the geothermal sector in both Cornwall and the Atlantic Area. The presentations can be viewed in PDF format below:
On Wednesday 20th May, Exeter University are hosting the GeoAtlantic virtual conference on Microsoft Teams. With presentations from project partners and guest speakers from the geothermal sector in Cornwall, including United Downs, Kensa heat pumps, and Camborne School of Mines.
An agenda for the day can be seen at the following link: GeoAtlantic_Conference_Agenda_20May
If you would like to join, please register: Join GeoAtlantic Project Conference
For information on the benefits of water source heat pumps and why Cornwall has such potential for their use, GeoAtlantic has created a poster at the link below:
If you would like any more information please contact us – GeoAtlantic@exeter.ac.uk
In December, Aleksandra Zawalna-Geer presented the GeoAtlantic project at the American Geophysical Union”s 2019 conference, the largest international earth and space science meeting in the world. Click on the link below to see the poster presented.
We recently attended a workshop run by the SunPeople Project at Plymouth University’s Sustainability Hub.
The European (Interreg) funded project seeks to explore new ways to reduce carbon emissions from heating through the use of combined solar and heat pump solutions, and providing an energy service to increase uptake. They’ll focus on opportunities for residential (private and social housing) and commercial premises with the aim of devising a business model that can be replicated through community energy groups and businesses.
SunPeople involves four partners in France and England, focusing principally on the urban centres of Lorient, Brittany and Plymouth. The project is led by Agence locale de l’énergie de Bretagne Sud (ALOEN) and includes Aezeo SARL (France), Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC).
For more information on the project visit: https://www.channelmanche.com/en/projects/approved-projects/sunpeople/