In the FCE Programme area, heat represents half of the energy consumed, two-thirds of which is consumed by the residential and commercial sectors, with more than 80% of space heating or domestic hot water being produced using non-renewable and/or carbon-emitting energy sources (mostly natural gas).
The SunPeople project aims to increase the development and uptake of a decarbonised heat energy service in the residential and commercial sectors, which represent roughly one third of the carbon emissions of the area. It is also aimed at stimulating innovation in SMEs by involving them in the project, both as partners and stakeholders, across the entire supply chain.
The project’s objective is to demonstrate and test on 15 sites, in Plymouth and Lorient, a cost-competitive, sustainable heat energy service based on heat pump and solar technologies. This service will enable to reduce carbon emissions on these sites an estimated 62.8 (respectively 1,255) tons of carbon over a one-year contracting period corresponding to the project (respectively over a conventional 20-year period corresponding to system lifetime).