EDF has acquired air source heat pump installer group CB Heating.
The acquisition follows on from the strategic investment made by EDF into CB Heating in 2022, a statement said.
The deal would see EDF putting a dedicated team in place to deliver heat pump solutions for a wide range of homes across the country, it said.
Philippe Commaret, managing director of customers at EDF, added: “The investment we’re making in the heat pump market is representative of all the work we’re doing to help Britain achieve Net Zero.
“Having acquired stand-out installer CB Heating, we look forward to delivering an even better service and added value for our customers, making it easier for them to switch from polluting fossil fuels to low carbon electricity, and in doing so, save cash and carbon.”
Over the past year, EDF’s strategic investment and partnership with CB Heating has supported the development of the Heat Pump Installers Network (HPIN) Academy, which delivers free training to upskill engineers at every level in the UK.
Since August 2022, the partnership has generated a 414% surge in the number of heat pump installers being trained, rising from 90 to 463 installers, it reported. The HPIN Academy has the potential to train up to 4,000 new heat pump installers every year, bringing positive impact to hundreds of communities across the country, a statement added.
Clayton Browne, managing director at CB Heating, added: “We plan to train over 1,000 heat pump installers in 2024, meaning a quarter of all estimated heat pump installers in the UK will be a HPIN member. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved so far and will continue to work with thousands of other local independent installers to help them move away from fossil fuels and switch to heat pumps. It’s a very exciting time for CB Heating as we take this next step in our 23-year history.”