Ground source heat pump to heat streets of Stithians Cornwall

Residents of a village near Falmouth are being encouraged to move to a sustainable geothermal system as part of a new renewable heating project of this magnitude called “UK first”.

The local company Kensa Utilities has received a grant of 6 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Pumpendorf in Stithians.

Following a competitive bidding process, Stithians Village was selected for the first phase of the groundbreaking initiative because of its favorable geology, committed municipal energy partnership and the fact that the entire village, like many rural areas, is disconnected from the gas network.

The heavily subsidized geothermal heat pump systems are intended to save the residents heating costs, improve the energy efficiency of real estate in the village, combat local air pollution and CO2 emissions and create jobs in the area.

By using freely available and naturally regenerated thermal energy that is stored under the surface, geothermal heat pumps can achieve higher levels of efficiency than any other heating system.

Since the units are electrically operated, non-burning devices that do not emit local emissions or air pollution, the geothermal heat pumps reduce the CO2 emissions associated with heating every home by around 70%.

Lisa Treseder, Senior Project Manager at Kensa Utilities, a Cornish geothermal pump infrastructure and equipment company, said: “We are delighted to have received European funding from the ERDF to partially fund this project that invests in local Cornish communities and cleans future generations to offer greener homes.

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“Ground source heat pump technology is a proven, reliable, inexpensive, and ultra-low carbon form of heating, and ‘Heat The Streets’ offers hundreds of locals the ability to have it installed in their homes at a fraction of the cost upfront.

“The land on which their houses are built will provide the residents of the village of Stithians with renewable heat for years to come.

“We have already received encouraging feedback and interest from many local residents, so we look forward to continuing to work with Stithians Energy Group and other stakeholders before installing the heat pumps in 2022.”

Over the summer of 2021, Kensa Utilities is looking for 175 private households in Stithians of any tenure who would like to take this unique opportunity to switch to a new renewable heating system worth around £ 20,000 per household, complete with a geothermal pump, radiator, water heater and smart thermostat .

Phil Blease of the Stithians Parish Council said: “Since our climate emergency was declared in 2019, the Stithians Parish Council (SPC) has worked closely with the Stithians Energy Group (SEG) on numerous projects.

“The success of these projects has led to the establishment of many more energy groups and the general awareness of the local climate problem has increased significantly.

“The networking in this environment has led to significant developments from which the Stithians community benefits.

“The Heat the Streets project is a huge step forward, with a mega-budget of £ 8 million it will keep Stithians a showcase for the adoption of cutting-edge green technologies that will not only benefit individuals and the community. but also help save the planet for the future. ” Generations. ”

Property owners interested in being considered for this project can register at or email [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.

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