OVO Energy and Cornwall Council partner for whole house retrofits

The homes will be upgraded to an EPC Band C or D by ‘dramatically improving’ their energy efficiency and installing green technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps

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OVO Energy Solutions and Cornwall Council have joined forces to deliver whole house retrofits for 400 poorly insulated homes across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The homes will be upgraded to an EPC Band C or D by “dramatically improving” their energy efficiency and installing green technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps.

The whole house retrofits, which will include external wall, cavity and loft insulation, underfloor insulation, draught proofing, high retention storage heaters and double glazing, are expected to help low income householders warm their homes and reduce their energy bills.

Under the project, OVO Energy Solutions is set to deliver around 1,000 measures to more than 400 properties.

It is also working in partnership with Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing to deliver a Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator project in Falmouth to 45 Cornish Units.

The upgrades to the post-war properties are expected to deliver annual cost savings of around £600 per household.

OVO CEO Raman Bhatia said: “By working with leading local authorities and housing associations, we’ve unlocked a huge opportunity to create greener, more energy efficient homes for those people who live in draughty homes and will benefit from lower energy bills.

“Now, more than ever, the projects are critical to supporting households during the cost of living crisis while also bringing down the carbon footprint of the home. We’re proud to be working with Cornwall Council to retrofit homes across the county by installing technology such as heat pumps or solar panels and improve the lives of people in the community.”

The project, due to be completed in July 2022, supports the UK Government’s target to retrofit all homes to an EPC Band C standard by 2035 and the council’s ambition to make Cornwall carbon-neutral by 2030.

Councillor Olly Monk, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for housing added: “This programme will help residents on low incomes have warmer homes, reduced energy bills and access to lower cost energy that is powered by renewable sources. It will also cut homes’ carbon emissions, helping in tackling climate change and contributing towards our goal for Cornwall becoming carbon-neutral by 2030.”