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Homes set for renewable energy sources thanks to £70,000 grant

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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MORE than 30 Totnes homes will be fitted with renewable energy sources thanks to a £70,000 grant.

Transition Town Totnes won its bid for money towards renewable energy installations in 33 local homes.

The grants, which add up to £69,700, will help local people cover the up-front costs of installing solar thermal water heating systems, air and ground source heat pumps and biomass boilers.

TTT selected Chris Rudge Renewables to carry out the work.

Mary Popham, who organised the grant application on behalf of environmental group, said: "We are really pleased these grants will enable local people to install renewable heat systems.

"All of the households involved are off the gas system so dependent on oil, coal and electricity for heating and hot water.

"Not only is this expensive but these sources of energy are also the most polluting."

TTT is one of 38 community groups in England and Wales which successfully bid for funds totalling around £3million towards the installation of renewable heat technologies.

Earlier this year the group secured another community energy grant for £55,000 for an energy efficient refurbishment of the Dartington Village Hall.

Mrs Popham said the company had offered the best value for money and had a good reputation in the area.

The grants are towards the installation of 23 solar thermal systems, 13 biomass boilers, three air source heat pumps and one ground source heat pump and will cover between 25 per cent and 30 per cent of total installations costs.

The total cost of the installations is around £225,000 with around 70 per cent being paid by homeowners.

The Renewable Heat Incentive, which is likely to be introduced next summer, will provide 'tariff' payments for heat generated in the same way that the 'feed-in tariff' for solar PV currently pays householders.

Anyone in the Totnes area who is interested in potentially installing a renewable heat system, should contact Mary Popham on 07815 799996 or marypopham@btinternet.com

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