As the British isles struggle with the winter weather, NEA – the UK fuel poverty charity – has announced the first projects to be funded under a £26.2 million Health and Innovation Programme which will bring affordable warmth to over 6,000 fuel-poor and vulnerable households in Scotland, England and Wales.
This is the biggest GB wide programme designed and delivered by a national charity that puts fuel poverty alleviation at its heart.
The programme is split into three distinct funds, two programmes are being delivered by NEA – a Technical Innovation Fund and a Warm and Healthy Homes Fund, the third is being delivered by NEA’s subsidiary Warm Zones, while in Scotland a Healthy Homes Fund is being delivered by Energy Action Scotland.
Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive of NEA said: “This is a new and exciting programme for NEA. We know that the solutions to tackling fuel poverty require innovation and need to be tailored to local communities and this fund has given us the opportunity to test out a range of solutions. We will be announcing over 60 projects in the coming weeks”
Warm Zones cic has already installed substantial physical energy efficiency measures in 1,405 homes through their fund and to date 738 households have been provided with energy efficiency and welfare benefit take-up advice.
The programme will run until the end of 2017 and the results will be fully evaluated to demonstrate the impact it has had across GB.
The Technical Innovation Fund aims to facilitate community-level trials of innovative solutions utilising measures not traditionally within the scope of current fuel poverty and retrofit energy efficiency programmes. One of the first contracts has been agreed with Moat – a registered charitable housing association – and is being launched as NEA’s Warm Homes Campaign gains momentum.
Jason Amos, Director of Property Services, said: “We are delighted to be awarded £250,000 to help support the delivery of this very innovative renewable energy solution to our customers at Fletchers Close in Bromley, working in partnership with Mears, Ground-Heat and Vaillant.”
“This funding has enabled us to replace the existing gas fired commercial boilers that serve the 56 apartments at Fletchers Close with individual Vaillant geoTHERM ground source heat pumps, a new Vaillant product that has not yet been launched to the commercial market.”
The programme is being delivered in England and Wales by NEA and in Scotland by Energy Action Scotland.
For more information: www.eas.org.uk