New York City warms up for 30,000 new heat pump units

An initial $70m investment will support the development and delivery of the heat pumps for use in New York Public Housing facilities

Big Zero Report 2023

An initial investment of $70 million (£57.6m) for the development and production of 30,000 new cold climate packaged window heat pump units in New York City have been confirmed.

Two seven-year contracts have been awarded to Midea America and Gradient for the delivery of the heat pumps for use in New York Public Housing facilities.

Heat pump technology provides efficient heating and cooling from a single unit by moving heat between indoor and outdoor spaces depending on the season.

The process is achieved through the refrigeration cycle, which can be up to four times more efficient than traditional heating systems, such as boilers, that rely on onsite combustion of fossil fuels to produce heat.

The announcement is the latest milestone in the Clean Heat for All Challenge, an initiative spearheaded by New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to support the transition to fossil-free heating sources.

The investment supports New York City’s ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from buildings by 2030.

NYCHA estimates around 156,000 cold climate window heat pumps are needed over the next five to 10 years to electrify its portfolio to achieve 80% emissions reductions by 2050.

Governor Kathy Hochul said: “New York is tackling the climate crisis and the need for affordable housing head on, and today we’re taking additional action through a transformative $70 million investment.

“Prioritising green investments in public housing ensures the State’s bold climate agenda is equitable – benefiting all New Yorkers now and for decades to come. All NYCHA residents deserve high quality homes and New York will continue to take aggressive measures to help ensure residents have the safe, liveable and quality affordable housing they deserve.”

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