The city of Saint-Romain-Lachalm has invested in a new district heating network aimed to be up and running by 2023 • Rungis raises €100,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to finance the construction of a future heating network • The state start-up France Chaleur Urbaine is the new public service for connecting condominiums to heating networks • Read more about the developments in sustainable heating and cooling in this month's news update from France
The major describes that the motivation behind the project was to limit the environmental impact of non-renewable energy sources and to stabilize pricing for heating, particularly considering the rising costs of fossil fuels. Subscribers mainly involve private residences and public buildings, and they will soon enjoy lower energy costs/hour.
The project works will begin at the end of the summer season and commissioning is scheduled for early 2023. Future developments also include a biomass boiler that will run on locally sources wood chips, whose provision will be managed by a local company.
To fund the construction, 100,000 EUR was raised by releasing interest-bearing loans. 61 lenders took part in the project of which 73% of these residing in Rungis. The invested amounts varied between 30 EUR to the ceiling of 5,000 EUR, with an average of 1,640 EUR.
The management of the network has been entrusted to Enerungis, a Dalkia Group EDF subsidiary, for a period of 20 years. It will supply both heating and hot water to some municipal buildings, the ICADE business park and residences in condominiums and social housing. The network will reduce CO2 emissions in the area by more than 70%: 3,600 tons per year, equivalent to removing 2,000 cars from traffic. It will also secure more stable and affordable pricing of heating for subscribers.
The innovation project aims to accelerate new connections to heating networks, both to offset increasing energy costs, and to achieve their ambitious energy savings by developing more heat from renewable sources. In addition, new oil-fired boiler installations will be prohibited from July 1 2022, making district heating an attractive option. The service aims to inform the consumers about the options available, share documentation on existing pipelines and advise on the conditions and possibilities of connecting to the networks. They also have detailed information about the financial aid available, for example, MaPrimeRénov’ and Energy Savings Certificates (Certificats d’Économies d’Énergies = CEE)
France Chaleur Urbaine is a state start-up that was launched in the summer of 2021 as an experiment. It has helped more than 1,000 housing units to connect to existing heating networks, with 400 new housing requests under study. The project was developed in partnership with the National Federation of local communities delegating public services (FNCCR) and receives support from Regional and National Directorates, as well as the Agency for ecological transition (ADEME)
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