Stockport Homes Group have moved closer to supporting Andy Burnham’s pledge for Greater Manchester to be a carbon-neutral region by 2038.
Aberla Renewables, part of the Aberla Group, has successfully won the contract to deliver the air source heat pump (ASHP) roll-out for Stockport Homes, Northwards Housing and regional bodies including the University of Salford – the Greater Manchester partners of the ground-breaking ‘Homes as Energy Systems’ *(HaES) project which is part funded by the **ERDF.
Aberla will be responsible for the design and installation of the ASHP systems, with the installation programme starting across Stockport.
With the local energy network currently under stress the aim of the project is to assist a growing electricity demand and increase the renewable energy generation. Furthermore, by enabling a transition to a ‘low carbon’ electricity network in Greater Manchester, HAES will directly support Mayor Andy Burnham’s aspirations for the City Region, namely the pledge to become a carbon neutral city region by 2038.
Paul McCarren, managing director at Aberla, commented,
“We’re proud to further strengthen our relationships with housing providers, providing specialist expertise in energy solutions. Initiatives such as these not only provide a number of benefits for the end-user but, in turn, are vital in achieving regional and national climate pledges.”
Greater Manchester Green City-region lead and Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Andrew Western said,
“The roll-out of new and innovative energy systems for homes demonstrates the region’s commitment to decarbonising our energy supply. This technology will heat homes whilst reducing the demand on the national grid and will contribute to Greater Manchester’s carbon neutral target.”
Works will begin in Autumn 2019 and expected to end by Winter 2020.
*Homes as Energy Systems is a European Regional Development Fund funded project in Greater Manchester that seeks to demonstrate how all homes could be transformed to become of the UK’s energy system rather than a perpetual drain on it. By combining energy generation and storage technologies with insulation and other energy efficiency measures to reduce energy demand, we can cleverly generate household income to help to pay for the improvement works.
** Half of the work will be paid for by European funding. Funding for the other half is being provided by RetrofitWorks, using funds from five local authorities. The local authorities providing the finance to RetrofitWorks will want this money back, terms of which are still being finalised.
Currently the funding covers:
- 4 in Salford
- 4 in Rochdale
- 5 in Manchester
- 3 in Stockport
- 4 houses elsewhere in GM to be decided.