Next round of HCA low-carbon projects confirmed

Successful bidders for the second round of the national housing and regeneration agency’s initiative, are:

Hackney, London – £0.5million to install pipework to retrofit CHP energy to three high-density housing estates. The funding will help provide risers in the high rise blocks and interface units in the homes;
Greenwich, London – £3million for a number of schemes that will eventually deliver 10,000 homes. The funding will make provision to connect the homes to a London wide heat network, provide two heat spines for CHP energy and will support the construction of an energy centre;
Rowner, Gosport – £1.12million to connect 700 new homes, of which 40% will be affordable, to a CHP plant;
Hanham Hall, South Gloucestershire – £0.8million to extend planned onsite biomass CHP plant that will power 195 zero carbon homes and take waste heat for use in neighbouring secondary school;
Manton and Reynolds Towers, Birmingham – £0.78million to connect two 13-storey tower blocks to a new biomass energy system at the nearby Holte School. There is also potential for some of the funding to be used alongside PFI funding to connect planned new housing in the area to the system;
Wood End, Henley Green and Manor Farm (WEHM) estates, Coventry – £1.6million to help develop a community energy scheme using ground source heat pump technology that will provide heating and hot water for 154 homes, the first phase of a scheme that is ultimately planned to include a district CHP plant to power the whole neighbourhood;
Yarn Street, Aire Valley in Leeds – £1million to provide a new heat network supplying CHP energy from waste plant and micro-technologies to power 280 new homes that will form part of the urban eco settlement vision for the area.

Sir Bob Kerslake, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, said: "Together with nearly £12million we allocated to low carbon infrastructure schemes in July, this funding will help ensure that more people have access to energy that is both less harmful to the environment than traditional sources and lower cost for them."

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