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Environment Secretary visits Caldercliffe ‘green’ heating scheme

Release Date: 16-Jul-2009
The Government’s Secretary of State for the Environment was in Huddersfield today (16 July), to visit an innovative KNH renewable energy scheme.

Community Energy Solutions (CES), working in partnership with KNH, recently installed 60 state-of-the-art air source heat pumps (ASHPs) into homes in Caldercliffe and the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs accompanied local MP Barry Sheerman on a visit to meet residents who are now benefitting from the new heating systems.

All of the homes, which are off the gas network, previously had to rely on outdated electric storage heaters. CES is a non-profit-distributing organisation, funded by Yorkshire Forward and the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which helps those off the gas network and living in fuel poverty gain access to cleaner, cheaper and greener fuel sources. Using heat pumps can help reduce domestic heating energy needs by up to 70% and can help cool homes in summer.

The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP met residents to discuss how the new systems were working. He said: “Yesterday, the Government set out ambitious plans on how it aims to reduce carbon emissions to limit the effects of climate change. It has been great to see today how the partnership between CES and KNH is already providing cost-effective heating and hot water for people struggling with fuel bills.”

Lee Cattermole, operations director for Leeds-based CES, said: “It has been great to welcome the Rt Hon Hilary Benn to the region today to show how the partnership between CES and forward-thinking organisations like KNH can reap real benefits for their tenants. Just as pleasing was the take up from a number of private households to have ASHPs installed too.”

Noel Chambers, Director of Investment at KNH said: “We are committed to providing safe, warm and affordable homes and to eradicating fuel poverty. We’re very keen to use new technologies like air source heat pumps that help us achieve these aims, and that help us support Kirklees Council’s key environmental objectives to help combat climate change.”

The ASHPs were manufactured by TEV, a Brighouse-based manufacturer of heat pumps. They have been working closely with CES on a number of similar projects across the North of England.

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