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In 2020, the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) awarded £1,300,000 of grant funding to Peel Energy, now Peel NRE, with the aim of supporting the development of the Mersey Heat district heating network. This network will supply heat to multiple residential and commercial buildings at Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters development and surrounding areas.

Now, Liverpool City Council has given the go-ahead for the construction of  Peel NRE’s energy centre, a new facility which will use renewable technologies to provide low carbon heat and hot water to the Mersey Heat network. The project had originally been designed to operate from a gas fired temporary energy centre to begin with, but the HNIP award will allow the network to be supplied from the permanent energy centre from the outset.

The energy centre will provide heat for up to 9,000 homes and 4 million sq ft of commercial space within Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters development, as well as connecting to other key developments in the area.

Through the primary use of water source heat pumps and thermal stores to provide heat, the centre is predicted to help save around 4,200 tonnes of carbon per year.

Construction is expected to start on the site this summer, with the project funded in part by the Merseyside Pension Fund. More than 75 construction jobs will also be created.

Here at Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management, we are delighted to see such commitment to delivering low-carbon infrastructure and clean heat. Heat network initiatives like this one will play a strategic role in reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions, a third of which currently comes from heating homes and businesses.

We’re pleased to receive planning permission for the energy centre to help meet national and regional climate emergency targets and we will explore options to decarbonise the network further as and when new technology develops.

Jonathan Burley, Commercial Director at Peel NRE

To read more about the HNIP funding awarded to Peel NRE , click here.

To read the full press release announcing the construction of the Peel NRE facility, click here.

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