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30 April 2012
On Monday 30th April 2012, Calor welcomed Greg Barker, Minister of State for Climate Change to its flagship Energy Centre
» Forward Thinking Approach
Opened in Exeter, on Alphinbrook Road, Marsh Barton in November 2011, the Energy Centre is the first of a new type of energy retail outlet; a pilot for Calor Gas and a first for any rural energy supplier. The opening marked Calor’s expansion from the country’s leading supplier of LPG (the lowest carbon-emitting fossil fuel available in rural areas) to a company supplying a range of energy-efficient products and services to rural householders and businesses.
The Energy Centre demonstrates Calor’s commitment to providing their customers, especially in rural areas, with a whole-house approach to energy efficiency. Clients are able to receive tailored and impartial advice from Calor’s in-house team of energy experts endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust. As well as continuing to deliver traditional LPG products, this flagship store showcases a large range of renewable and low-carbon technologies, appliances and services – such as condensing boilers, micro-Combined Heat and Power (mCHP) units, solar PV and solar thermal panels, plus cavity wall and loft insulation products.
Greg Barker’s visit to the Energy Centre marks the Government’s recognition Calor’s continued preparation in the lead up to the Green Deal. He was able to see at first-hand how, by providing a new range of renewable energy products, Calor customers are now able to take advantage of Government incentive schemes, such as Feed in Tariffs (FIT), the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) culminating in, from Autumn 2012, the Government’s flagship Green Deal programme.
Whilst at the Energy Centre, the Minister participated in a roundtable discussion alongside experts from National Energy Action, the Cornwall Rural Community Council and the Mark Group. The roundtable discussion aimed to highlight the housing and energy challenges that rural residents face and how the Green Deal must be ‘rural-proofed’ in order that it can be successfully delivered into rural areas.
Recognising the complex energy challenges facing rural householders and Calor’s unique role in meeting rural energy requirements, Greg Barker MP – minister of State for Climate Change said:
"I am delighted to see evidence of Calor’s forward-thinking approach in tackling the difficult issues of saving energy and energy provision head on. It is, of course, great to see an energy company adapting to and whole-heartedly supporting the low carbon agenda. I particularly welcome the emphasis Calor places on helping those living in rural areas to make informed choices about their own domestic energy efficiency and carbon reduction and, in the new Calor Energy Centre, giving them the opportunity to experience new low carbon and renewable technologies for themselves."