To “counter the capability and capacity issues faced by local authorities when developing heat networks, HNDU was set up to provide support (grant funding and guidance) to local authorities in England and Wales to progress the development stages of heat networks projects.”
Interested local authorities will need to read the full guidance, but in summary, grant funding “will meet up to 67% of the estimated eligible external costs of feasibility studies…The local authority will have to secure at least 33% in match funding…There is no upper or lower limit for bids.”
The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015.
There are approximately 2,000 heat networks in the UK currently, supplying heat to 21,000 dwellings and 1,700 commercial and public buildings.
Source: DECC, Heat Network Delivery Unit Round 5 Funding Guidance