Together Housing lands international award for heat pump project

Together's Shared Loop Ground Source Heat Pump Project has been crowned Heat Pump City of the Year by the European Heat Pump Association.
A set of houses with solar panels installed on them in Colne, Lancashire.
Together Housing’s solar panel project in Colne, Lancashire. Credit: Together Housing

A Yorkshire renewable energy project operated by a Northern housing association has won an international award.

Together Housing’s Shared Loop Ground Source Heat Pump Project has been crowned Heat Pump City of the Year by the European Heat Pump Association.

The title, which Together Housing contested against 110 cities across 27 countries across the world, recognises the most efficient, smart and sustainable heat pump project at local level.

The housing association, which manages over 36,000 homes across the North of England, worked with Kensa Contracting Ltd to install ground source heat pumps in 1,000 flats at 12 locations across South and West Yorkshire including in Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield and Sheffield.

The shared ground loop collects heat from underground bore holes and distributes it to individual heat pumps installed in each property.

The project, also shortlisted for Renewable Project of the Year at the Heating and Ventilation News Awards, is estimated to have saved households up to 45% on their heating and hot water bills, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of Together Housing’s homes.

Patrick Berry, managing director at Together Energy Services, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the European Heat Pump Association. This has been Together Housing’s first major commitment to heat pump technology and it will make a great difference to our tenants’ carbon impact. The project paves the way for a much wider application of heat pumps as we move away from fossil fuels in our properties.

“Working with Procure Plus, we recognised early on the important role that ground source heat pumps and, specifically, shared loop installs would play in helping address fuel poverty and climate change across our housing stock. With their support we successfully delivered a small pilot project of 120 units to test the solution. This approach allowed us to have ultimate control and visibility over the products used and the installation standards required.”

Together Housing’s solar PV and battery pilot project, known as Domestic Low Carbon Community Energy Solutions, has also received recognition from the renewable energy industry.

The £2 million project, joint funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Together Housing, has been shortlisted for Residential Solar and/or Storage Project of the Year at the Solar & Storage Live Awards.

It has also been shortlisted for Large Scale Project of the Year at the North West Energy Efficiency Awards, where Together Housing has also been named as a finalist for Housing Association of the Year.

The project has seen solar panels installed on 250 homes in Nelson and Colne in Lancashire, along with battery storage units to boost the amount of generated power used. Time-of-use tariffs allow electricity to be bought when the tariff is cheap, and the solar and battery system to be used at peak times.

The project is estimated to be saving each household up to 60% on their electricity bills, while generating an average saving of 845kg of CO2 emissions a year.

The system can provide tenants with almost all their energy usage for up to eight months over spring and summer, while contributing towards their bills in the winter.

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