The Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) is a three-year, £288m capital grant fund that will open to applicants on March 2022.
It will provide support to organisations in the public, private, and third sectors in England. The GHNF builds on the progress and development made by the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP) and the £10m Green Heat Network Fund Transition Scheme that opened in July 2021.
Supporting the development of low and zero carbon (LZC) heat (and cooling) networks, the GHNF is a core element of the Government’s Heat Network Transformation Programme (HNTP). With the aim to continue to develop and grow the heat network market the GHNF also looks to address some of the challenges of decarbonising the UK’s heat sector.
Scope of Support
The GHNF will provide capital grant support for both the commercialisation and construction of new low- and zero-carbon heat networks, along with the retrofitting and expansion of existing ones. Schemes must deliver low carbon heat at a volume of heat that is consistent with our strategic objectives for heat network market growth in England. Operating on a principle-based approach for cost eligibility the GHNF will set out what it will not fund rather than specifying a list of what is eligible.
Guidance for Applicants
Full details of the support available, the scheme criteria, application process and assessment process can be found in the Green Heat Network Fund – Round 1: Guidance for applicants.
GHNF Support for Commercialisation and Construction
GHNF will support the commercialisation costs for both new and existing heat networks.
Support for construction will cover all aspects of building a heat network – from accessing sources of low-carbon heat, construction of energy centres and thermal stores, laying of pipes and installation of heat interface units, metering and controls on premises.
Who Can Apply?
The GHNF is open to applicants from organisations in the public, private and third sectors who are responsible for the development of heating and cooling networks in England, that:
- • meet the initial GHNF gated metrics covering the carbon intensity of heat delivered, consumer detriment, the minimum annual heat energy demand and the scheme’s social IRR (see Guidance for Applicants document);
- • are able to provide all supporting documentation (see Guidance for Applicants document);
- • are legal entities (such as companies or organisations). Public sector organisations such as NHS Trusts and other governmental departments may also apply.
Please Note: Individuals, households and sole traders cannot apply to the fund.
The GHNF main scheme Round 2 is open to applications until 26 August 2022. There will be a series of quarterly application rounds until the scheme closes in 2025.
The application process for this round will be administered by BEIS in-house and submitted applications will be handed over to the GHNF Delivery Partner for assessment following the submission deadline (TBA).
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