What do ground source heat pumps with boreholes cost?

In this example, four individual Kensa Evo ground source heat pumps inside four separate domestic buildings connected by a Shared Ground Loop Array of boreholes, could cost in the region of £77,000 to £107,000 and earn between £170,000 and £200,000 income from the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

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Example: Project & Finances

Based on the above schematic, Kensa has calculated example costs below to illustrate the upfront finance required and the expected running costs and income generated via the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) over a 20 year period (the duration of the Non Domestic RHI), compared to an LPG system. For a bespoke quote please click here.

Heat Pump Specification

System architecture Shared Ground Loop Array
Total heat pump capacity 52kW
Equipment type 4 x 13kW Evo's
Design conditions 0/40°C
Potable DHW temp 60°C
Integral immersion heaters No (DNO friendly)
Ground array type Boreholes
Boreholes required* 1200mtrs
Land area required 600-900sq/m

*Boreholes based on average ground conductivity


Total Project Costs, Savings & Returns vs LPG

  Kensa Shared Ground Loop Array & GSHP LPG Boiler
Lifetime Expectancy: Appliance Up to 20 years Up to 10 years
Lifetime Expectancy: Infrastructure Up to 100 years -
Carbon Saved (over 20 years) 300 tonnes 0
Local NOx emissions* 0kg NOx/y 5.24kg NOx/y
Appliance & Infrastructure Cost* £77K to £107K £15K
Running Costs (over 20 years)** £115K to £135K £175K to £200K
Servicing Costs (over 20 years)*** £0 £2K
RHI Income (over 20 years)**** £170K to £200K Not eligible
Net cost excluding running & servicing (after 20 years)***** £93K profit £15K cost

*NOx emissions based on 56mg/Kwh for gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) boilers (1800 run hours) **Costs are for the supply and installation of the Kensa heat pump and ground array only, and the supply and installation of the LPG boiler equipment only. Costs for supply and installation of internals such as radiators, underfloor and heating controls are not included, please speak to your plumbing contractor. ***Based on electric at 15p/kW/hr and COP of 3. Based on LPG at 40p a litre and 85% efficiency ****Ground source heat pumps have no requirement for annual maintenance. However, it is good practice for the heating distribution system to be proactively checked and maintained to ensure optimum performance. *****The NON-DOMESTIC RHI is a 20 year index linked funding stream which assumes inflation at 3%. ******Net cost for LPG does not include an additional LPG boiler, which will likely need to be  factored in during the 20 year comparison period due to the LPG's 10 year average lifetime expectancy.

Example: Schematic

For illustrative purposes only

Not the ideal scenario for you?

Shared Ground Loop Array borehole systems are ideally suited to larger projects with a minimum of 20 or more properties, where the return from the RHI will be greater.

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If your plot is in an urban area with limited exposed land area available, then boreholes may be the most viable option.