Specialist NIBE distributor, Glasgow based Ecoliving, has announced that it is seeking applications from RSLs and installers looking for funding towards ground source heat pump installations.
CERT funding (CERT stands for "Carbon Emissions Reduction Target") is an obligation on energy suppliers to achieve targets for promoting reductions in carbon emissions in the household sector. CERT runs from 2008 and 2011 with at least 40% of funding designated for priority groups which includes the over 70s.
Speaking of the announcement, Ecoliving Managing Director, Mark Henderson, said, "We have been actively involved in the social housing sector for the last 4 years, promoting the adoption of heat pumps in the battle against fuel poverty and carbon reduction. We are delighted to be able to bring CERT funding through Scottish and Southern Energy to existing and new RSL partners. This is a significant boost to the adoption of tried and tested heat pump technology in social housing and will help to lift manay households out of fuel poverty."
CERT funding can be used in support of ground source heat pump installations in a variet of social and private domestic developments and as part of heating upgrade programmes.
Accessing CERT funding from Ecoliving is straightforward. Ecoliving offers this design and specification service free of charge as well as liaising with clients' architects and technical staff.
Colin Kerr, Ecolivings Sales Director, advised on how the funding is to be allocated. He said, "All discussions on existing and planned projects are welcomed. In allocating the funding we will be looking to prioritise those projects ready for ground source heat pump installations within the next few months. We will also be looking to develop a picture of priority projects for the next financial year."
CERT will deliver overall lifetime carbon dioxide savings of 154 MtCO2 - equivalent to annual net savings of 4.2MtCO2 by 2010, and equivalent to the emissions from 700,000 homes each year - and will stimulate about £2.8 billion investment by energy suppliers in carbon reduction measures.
Ecoliving can be contacted on 0141 332 5684. www.ecolivinguk.com