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Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP)

Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP)

02 May 2017

The £320m Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) capital investment programme is expected to support up to 200 projects by 2021 through grants and loans and other mechanisms and to lever in up to £2bn of wider investment, reducing bills, cutting carbon and forming a key part of wider urban regeneration in many locations. The HNIP pilot ran from October 2016 to March 2017 and there was one project which included biomass. Learning from the pilot is shaping the design and delivery of the main HNIP funding scheme which BEIS aims to launch by the end of 2017. For the pilot phase, applications were limited to local authorities (and other public sector bodies). BEIS expect that the main scheme will have a wider scope. Eligible sponsors could include the private sector, community groups and not-for-profit groups (see consultation for more options). Many of the successful projects were supported by BEIS's Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU). 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 from heat mapping through to early commercialisation.

HNDU's Round 7 funding is open until December 2017, subject to budget availability. For more information on Round 7 or on previous funding rounds, see Heat networks delivery funding or email the Heat Networks Delivery Unit at hndu@decc.gsi.gov.uk or visit the web pages here.