Community heating support
At Switch2 we have the experience and expertise you need ensure your community heating scheme is profitable and efficient for all parties. We have an enviable record of working on over 400 schemes in the UK, helping to develop new schemes or revitalising existing projects.
New community heating schemes
Looking to build and install a new community energy scheme? Make sure you ask for our expert advice. We’ll help you to select and size equipment that delivers only the energy you need, at the right price for the resident.
By holding detailed data on over 400 community energy sites we can predict the energy bill for each consumer whether you choose CHP, biomass, heat pumps or gas. And that means we can predict the profits (or losses) for any entire scheme.
We offer several options to help you manage your scheme, depending on how you want to balance your levels of control and risk:
- We can take on full responsibility for the profit & loss of your scheme, thereby removing your risk (this is where we act as your energy service company, or ESCo)
- We could become your partner in a long-term joint venture (this is called an energy partnering contract), where we share the risks and rewards fairly between us
- You could sub-contract the scheme’s management to us while you retain control over your scheme and any associated risks (this is called contract energy management).
Existing community heating schemes
At Switch2 we help ensure all community heating systems we work with are up to Government standards and are as efficient and easy to maintain as possible.
We’ll audit your existing scheme to see how successful it is. We’ll assess the energy-efficiency of your equipment, look for energy loss and wastage in your public and private areas, and check your financial model. Our market-leading automatic meter-reading systems will measure your residents’ consumption accurately and in real time — and can be retro-fitted to existing schemes.
Looking after your residents
We provide an invaluable interface between your residents and your community heating scheme, and are always happy to answer their questions or resolve their problems (so you don’t have to).
- When we take over the management of a scheme, all residents get a welcome pack and an explanation of how the scheme works
- We reduce resident frustration, and protect vulnerable residents, by helping you to set fair prices and measure consumption accurately
- Our UK call centre will take residents’ questions about bills, meter readings, payments, changes of tenancy, and more
- Automated metering means we don’t need to enter residences, but we’re happy to send a customer-service-trained engineer out to occupiers if they have a technical problem or need extra help with their heating system
- Needless to say, we protect residents’ personal and banking information very carefully. And we generally keep an eye out for who’s using too much or too little energy, taking care of their welfare
At Switch2 we’ll help your residents to understand the scheme and how to save energy and reduce costs. So, talk to us about your new or existing community energy scheme and we’ll help you make it a success.