Kensa Utilities’ funding package to support Kensa Contracting‘s delivery of shared ground loop arrays (SGLAs) challenges the status-quo and paves the way for widespread deployment of domestic ground source heat pumps.
Zero Cost Offer
Kensa’s offer of a zero cost ground array infrastructure means that a ground source heat pump is now cheaper than an air source heat pump and in many cases, cheaper than a gas boiler system.
The UK Government has recognised the value of this 100-year infrastructure investment and has made changes to the Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) regulations with regard to deeming and split ownership making Kensa’s unique funding mechanism possible.
Ground source heat pumps are a strategic technology for Government if it is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets and the available support through the RHI reflects the desire to increase deployment in the new build sector.
With Kensa Utilities funded infrastructure mechanism, it is now possible to have the very best heating system at the very lowest cost, a true ‘game-changer’.
Simon Lomax, MD, The Kensa Group
Split Ownership SGLAs
The 2018 RHI Regulations included an important refinement; along with clarification regarding split ownership arrangements, for the first time, Non Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) quarterly payments for residential properties linked to Shared Ground Loop Arrays are now based upon the deemed heat consumption taken from the Energy Performance Certificate, prompting funders to back Kensa‘s offer of ground arrays at no charge to the housing provider or developer.
Thanks to the subsidy support available via the RHI, Kensa Utilities provides access to a number of funders who are happy to contribute towards the capital cost of both new build and retrofit installations in return for some or all of the RHI income (typically delivered over a 20-year period).
Of particular interest, Kensa has pioneered the concept of ‘split ownership’ with an entity funding, owning and maintaining the underground infrastructure leaving the house builder to merely cover the cost of the heat pump. This arrangement closely mimics traditional arrangements in the gas boiler industry.Read more
The changes to the RHI and Kensa’s funded offer eliminates the key barrier to deployment of ground source heat pumps which are widely recognised that, money-aside, are the best heating system available. By removing the expense of the ground array Kensa is mimicking long-standing 'split ownership' arrangements in the gas sector with the underground infrastructure owned and maintained separately from the heat pump installed inside the properties. Kensa's model sees the housing provider fund the heat pump, which is sold with the property and maintained by the purchaser, whilst the ground array is fully funded via the RHI income.
Dr Matthew Trewhella, Contracts Director, The Kensa Group
The below outlines the funding mechanism for Kensa’s fully-funded Shared Ground Loop Arrays: