EDF Energy has acquired a leading air source heat pump installer for an undisclosed sum.
The energy giant seized on CB Heating Limited in Clacton-on-Sea following a strategic investment in the company last year.
Over the past year the partnership has supported the development of the Heat Pump Installers Network (HPIN) Academy, free training to upskill engineers in the UK.
Since August 2022, the partnership has generated a 414 per cent surge in the number of heat pump installers being trained, rising from 90 to 463.
The deal also comes after the government’s extension of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) from 2025 until 2028, and boost for the air source heat pump grant to £7,500.
The Future Homes Standard will see gas boilers banned in new builds by 2025 and the total ban of fossil fuel gas boilers by 2035.
“Now CB Heating has the investment and resource to continue its journey to develop and grow our HPIN network, which is the largest network of qualified trained heat pump installers in the UK,” said Clayton Browne, managing director at CB Heating.
“We plan to train over 1,000 heat pump installers in 2024, meaning a quarter of all estimated heat pump installers in the UK will be a HPIN member.
“We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved so far and will continue to work with thousands of other local independent installers to help them move away from fossil fuels and switch to heat pumps.
“It’s a very exciting time for CB Heating as we take this next step in our 23-year history.”
Philippe Commaret, MD of customers at EDF, added: “Having acquired stand-out installer CB Heating, we look forward to delivering an even better service and added value for our customers, making it easier for them to switch from polluting fossil fuels to low carbon electricity, and in doing so, save cash and carbon.”
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