Aspire to deliver green scheme

Aspire Housing has successfully secured £136,000 from the Energy Savings Trust to deliver a £300,000 scheme to install renewable energy central heating systems at 56 properties.

Only 24 projects were approved from more than 100 bids by councils and landlords for a share of the £4m national funding pot. Aspire were one of only two successful bidders in the West Midlands.

Air source heat pumps will be installed at properties where gas central heating cannot be installed, including the sheltered housing scheme at Kent Grove, Chesterton and various rural areas in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

An air pump pulls warmth from the air, even on a cold day, and uses it to heat a house. Heat can also be pulled from under the ground.

Kent Grove has already benefited from the installation of solar panels this year, meaning that the bungalows will now be powered by two renewable energy technologies.

Work will start early in the New Year and will be completed by the end of March 2012.

Will Nixon, Aspire Housing’s Director of Regeneration, said: “I’m delighted with the funding as it will ensure that our customers who are off the gas network will now benefit from more economical and environmentally friendly heating systems. At a time of ever increasing energy prices we are always looking for innovative ways to support our customers by reducing the running costs of their home.”