OVO Energy Solutions and Cornwall Council partner on whole house retrofit project

OVO Energy Solutions and Cornwall Council have announced a partnership to manage and deliver whole house retrofit solutions to over 400 off-gas homes across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

As part of the Cornwall Winter Wellbeing partnership, OVO Energy Solutions will work with Cornwall Council to retrofit 400 homes, delivering measures including: external wall, cavity and loft insulation, underfloor insulation, draught proofing, air source heat pumps, high retention storage heaters, solar PV and double glazing.

Since 2020 OVO Energy Solutions has improved more than 2,700 homes’ energy efficiency across the UK, including: installing air source heat pumps to nearly 400 homes, and in some cases helping to reduce energy bills by up to 50%. Through 2021, as global gas prices started to rise, OVO Energy Solutions insulated over 1,500 homes. All of these were vulnerable or fuel poor households with approximately 50% being privately owned.

OVO Energy Solutions are also working in partnership with Cornwall Council and Cornwall Housing to deliver the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator project in Falmouth to 45 Cornish Units. These houses were built as part of the regeneration effort after the Second World War.  The Social Housing Decarbonisation project is due to be completed in July 2022.

Raman Bhatia, CEO of OVO, 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.”

Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan said:

“Improving the energy efficiency of UK buildings is the quickest way we can support families and businesses at a time of high global energy prices. That’s why I am thrilled to see the UK Government’s support of over £1 million, delivered through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator, helping residents in Cornwall upgrade to homes that are cheaper to run, heat and cool, whilst supporting economic growth and jobs across the region.”

Councillor Olly Monk, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said:

“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.”

Andy Virr, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adults and Public Health, said:

“Having a warm home is a basic human right and also important to keep people healthy, which in turn helps to reduce pressure on our health services. This programme will help people affected by fuel poverty and those most in need.”

Heidi Flack, Interim Director, Homes and Investments at Cornwall Housing Ltd said:

“Cornwall Housing is delighted to be partners with Cornwall Council and OVO Energy on the Retrofit Programme. This important investment in our homes provides a range of energy efficiency measures to each property, including new roofs, photovoltaic panels, new UPVC windows and doors, more efficient external wall insulation and upgraded heating. These works also support Cornwall Council’s carbon reduction targets and creates homes fit for the future. Most importantly these improvements offer our tenants a comfortable, energy efficient home which will help to reduce costs and fuel poverty.”

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