Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for inclusion

There are very few funding eligibility criteria for Heat the Streets. All we ask is that you are living in a home in Stithians that doesn’t already have a ground source heat pump. If you don’t own the home yourself then you will need the agreement of the person that does as there will be paperwork for them to sign.

Heat the Streets is a great project and we already have a lot of interest, we aren’t going to be able to include everyone. When it comes to choosing which properties we connect to the network we will consider the following criteria.

Groups of Properties

The purpose of Heat the Streets is to show what the future of British heating could be. By reducing the capital cost of the lowest carbon, lowest grid impact, lowest running cost heating available we make ground source heating a viable option.

It’s cheaper for us to work on groups of properties that are close together. Speak to your neighbours, if they haven’t expressed an interest but they think they might want to take part, ask them to sign up now to increase your street’s chances of going low carbon.

Borehole location

Heat the Streets will use boreholes to collect heat from the ground. This is transported to homes through the heat network – an array of plastic pipes under the ground. Boreholes will be placed in shared spaces, paths, roads and gardens about 5m apart.

If we can’t install boreholes near your home, then we may not be able to include you on the network. This is because it’s very expensive to install long pipe runs.

Property Size

We have a limited budget for Heat the Streets and a target number of properties to improve. As a general rule, it costs more to install new heating in bigger houses so preference will be given to small to medium sized properties.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t express your interest, once delivery is underway we may find the budget can cope with a few bigger homes.


Some people believe that old homes aren’t suitable for heat pumps. Luckily, we aren’t those people. We want policy makers to agree that heat pumps are suitable for most homes, so we won’t exclude houses just because they have solid walls.

Houses that are draughty and poorly insulated take more energy to heat and that means it’s more expensive to run a heat pump. They may also require bigger radiators.

After we survey your property we’ll talk to you about simple insulation measures that will improve your heat pump experience without being very expensive or disruptive.