The joint initiative with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Communities and Local Government will fund a CHP plant and network in Greenwich and the development of a ground source heatpump to supply hot water and heat to three housing estates in Coventry in the midlands. Other projects across the country will connect homes to existing CHP plants.
“The range of projects we have been able to allocate money to shows there is a real appetite for this kind of infrastructure and the benefits it brings to communities and the industry as a whole,” says Sir Bob Kerslake, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency.
The new funds follow the allocation of £12 million to low-carbon infrastructure schemes earlier this summer.
“Community heating schemes are an excellent example of how we can work together to tackle climate change,” commented Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt.