Mount Kelly Renewable Heat Project

Mount Kelly School and Tamar Energy Community are excited to be working on an ambitious renewable heat project to assess the potential for a carbon neutral district heating system for the School’s 60 plus buildings across their 100 acre site.

This project is providing a fantastic opportunity for pupils, and the local community, to learn about harnessing fossil free energy and the complexities involved in undertaking a feasibility study of this nature. It is part of the School’s vision to reduce its carbon footprint.

Heating buildings accounts for 17%* of the UK’s carbon footprint – more than construction or air travel – with most heated by gas, a fossil fuel. Buildings here in the UK are less thermally efficient than in much of Europe. This project aims to make a difference locally and show the role renewable heat can play in keeping us warm without adding to climate change.  

To try and make a difference locally, Tamar Energy Community and Mount Kelly along with Carbon Alternatives and Wattcraft (technical consultants) have formed project team and are conducting a feasibility study to assess how a carbon neutral district heating system can be achieved on the Mount Kelly site. At this early stage various options and technologies are being evaluated and the benefits to the local environment and economy will all be considered in developing the plan.   

Both Mount Kelly, one of Tavistock’s biggest employers, and Tamar Energy Community, are optimistic that the results of the study will be used as an exemplar to show how district renewable heating projects can be achieved in other settings in Devon and beyond. Both parties are committed to engaging with the wider community to gauge your reactions, ideasand encourage your support.  

Our community engagement began with an introduction to the project for stakeholders and the community in mid-December.

If you’d like to know more about the project, or get involved, please email us:

We would also be grateful if you could take part in our heat project survey. It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time. To say thanks to anyone completing the survey we’ll enter you into our draw for a £50 Tavistock Shopping voucher and send you a copy of the results of the survey (anonymised). You can start the survey here.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be adding more information about the project and renewable heat.


* Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (2018) Final UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics: 1990–2016, Green Book supplementary guidance: valuation of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for appraisal.