The original concept design for the building of a combined heat and power plant for South East London was established in the Late 1980's. The SELCHP plant was built in the early 1990's but due to various political changes and legislation changes the district heat part of the project was shelved, only coming back on the agenda in 2008.
Working in partnership with the London Borough of Southwark a plan was conceived to supply 2,500 Southwark properties on a 5km pipe work system with heat and hot water. This will assist in the councils fight against fuel poverty by making heat cheaper than gas and to provide low carbon heat, as the waste that SELCHP burn is about 60% renewable carbon.
The pipe systems and equipment have been installed at SELCHP and the pipe network was completed in 2014. The system is in the final stages of commissioning, with heat being delivered to Southwark Residents.
Southwark Council are striving forward to its London Carbon reduction targets and the system is expected to cut 7,700 tonnes of CO2 per year.