Thanks to E.ON, Cranbrook in East Devon is now home to one of the UK's largest heating district schemes

The challenge

E.ON is responsible for the design and operation of East Devon District Council’s Cranbrook heat distribution network and energy centre, including heat interface units that will pipe heat into the individual homes and commercial premises.

The community energy centre is located on the £120 million Skypark development. It supplies heat and hot water to both the community of Cranbrook and the Skypark business development.

The results

  • 13,000 tonnes of CO2 savings estimated per year
  • 6,500 jobs created in the local economy
  • 2,900 homes fuelled in the first year

This cutting-edge facility is at the very heart of what we aim to achieve, thinking outside the box and future-proofing our development with the most modern, green and yet tried-and-tested technology.

Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council

How we did it

Our solution was a low-carbon heat source that will change as the developments grow, with gas-fired boilers being supplemented by gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP), and later by biomass-fuelled CHO. Alongside the lower carbon heating solution, renewable microgeneration technologies can be added to the Cranbrook and Skypark properties to further meet low-carbon targets in the future.

We’re providing greater security of supply income by exporting back to the grid, lower CO2 emissions, reduced heating bills, hot water on-demand and an emergency call-out service and helpline for customers.

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