Andrew Jones MP has welcomed a new £15m fund for 24 innovative low-carbon heating projects. The projects aim to speed up the rollout of heat pump technology in homes so that 600,000 per year can be installed by 2028.
The funding is part of the Government’s Heat Pump Ready programme which is developing innovative solutions for reducing barriers to the rollout of low carbon technology in homes and businesses across the UK.
Projects being supported by stream two of the Heat Pump Ready programme include one in Harrogate that is using data from smart meters to help optimise the running of a heat pump in a household energy system.
The funding will create more than 300 jobs and follows the announcement of the Government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme which provides grants of up to £5,000 towards the installation of heat pumps.
Commenting on this Mr Jones said: “I am pleased that a project in our area is benefitting from the Heat Pump Ready Programme and the faster we can move to renewable energy generation the better this will be for our carbon emissions, economy and wallets. Alongside moving to low-carbon ways of heating we also need to look at ways to reduce consumption and this is one of those.
“I am also working with ministers to ensure the Future Homes Standard, which mandates energy efficiency measures in new builds, is implemented at the earliest opportunity.”