When finished, the scheme heat and hot water produced in a new recycling and energy recovery facility will be delivered to nearly 2,000 homes – making it one of the largest systems in the UK.
The development promises to cut residents’ energy bills by up to 25 per cent, and the system’s efficiency boost will significantly reduce emissions compared with microgeneration across thousands of individual boilers. For commercial developers, using a low-carbon heat source opens up more options when designing new build-schemes.
Yet despite these benefits, only 2 per cent of buildings in the UK today are connected to a district heating network. This is in contrast to the Nordic countries, where more than 60 per cent are linked.