We’re helping more than 540 homes in Cambuslang become more energy efficient

Over 540 high rise and low rise properties in Whitlawburn in Cambuslang, Scotland will benefit from a new community District Heating system as part of an exciting partnership between West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative (WWHC) and npower.

The project will provide residents with a modern, affordable and controllable heating system to replace the existing electric storage heaters. A new energy centre - housing a biomass boiler and fuel store - will provide heat and hot water for the entire estate.

The changes are expected to lead to a 20%* reduction in residents’ heating bills. The project has been jointly funded by npower’s ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme, European Structural funding and the Warm Homes loan. npower has contracted Turner & Townsend to manage the project delivery and Vital Energi to deliver the installation. A Tenant Liaison Officer will be employed by npower to keep tenants fully informed during the changes.

Chris Wall, head of npower’s Business and Social Housing said:

"We’re really proud to be involved in a project like this. The installation of district heating will make a real difference to those living on the estate, the new system should bring heating bills down and ensure warmer homes."

Stephanie Marshall, Deputy Director of West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative said:

"The new biomass District Heating scheme is a true community energy project. We are delighted to be moving this project forward, making a real difference to the West Whitlawburn Community, which has been made possible through all the hard work of the project partners like npower."

What is a biomass boiler?

A biomass boiler is designed to burn solid fuels classed as biomass. Examples of biomass fuels include woodchips, wood pellets, logs and waste materials such as straw and grain husks, olive kernels, rice and sawdust. A biomass boiler can be connected to a heating system in much the same way as any other boiler.

*Source ECO Hub, npower - May 2014

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