Task: The final week!

So the final week of the project has arrived. No-one can quite believe that it is 10 weeks since the borehole drilling machine arrived on site and the first hole was drilled way back in the last week of July. A lot has happened since then and there was still a lot to do this week if all heat pumps were going to be up and running by the end of the week.

After last week’s success, there were five flats remaining to be completed along with the site office. The good news is that by the end of another busy week all heat pump systems were completed and successfully producing heating and hot water. Although it is still relatively warm in Ipswich, the colder, winter days are coming and all residents are delighted to have a new heating system installed in time for the heating season. They should all notice a big improvement in comfort and a significant reduction in energy bills.

As part of the commissioning process, lots of evidence is required to satisfy the requirements of the ECO funding and also the non-Domestic RHI application. The ECO funding for this project is being provided by EDF. Kensa has a good partnership with EDF and is one of their preferred ECO contractors. All the paperwork has already been submitted to start the process of claiming this grant. All being well, Hanover HA should receive their ECO funding in about 90 days and so the project will very quickly start to pay for itself.

The non-Domestic RHI application will take a little longer to complete but Kensa will support Hanover HA through this process. As with any Government funding programme, there is a lot of paperwork to complete but as Kensa have now been through this process a few hundred times already we know exactly what to do. All being well, Hanover HA will receive their first quarterly RHI payment in about six months and then every three months thereafter for 20 years. By the end of this time period, it is fully expected that Hanover HA will have recovered their complete installation costs and have a surplus to put towards heating replacement projects of the future.

In only 10 weeks, Kensa Contracting with its sub-contractors Geo-Drill and SSE Contracting have managed to install 23 complete heat pump systems via 12 micro-district heat networks. This is a fantastic achievement and everyone involved in the project, including the staff and residents of Hanover Housing Association, should be proud of their effort. It’s been a great team effort and we hope this is the first of many successful projects with Hanover.


Project in brief:

  • 23 units – 21 x 1 bedroom and 1 x 2 bedroom flat, and an office;
  • Built in 1977;
  • Heated by electric night storage heaters which have reached the end of their useful life and need replacing;
  • Residents aged 55 +;
  • A Kensa Shoebox ground source heat pump (6kW) to be installed inside each flat;
  • New 150 litre unvented hot water cylinders in each flat;
  • New radiators in each flat;
  • New heating controls in each flat, which will be much easier for the residents to use;
  • A ground source heat pump for the site office;
  • 12 boreholes will be drilled with depths up to 154 metres to form a communal ‘micro district ground source heat pump system’.

Read more about the background to this first project between Hanover Housing Association and Kensa Heat Pumps here.

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