These villagers will heat their homes with 42 boreholes dug 106 metres under their road

Woman in pink hooded top stood in front of a ground source heat pump in her home
Jackie Barson said she has no regrets about investing and joining in with the community heat pump project (Image credit: Kensa Group Media Centre)

A ground-breaking project that allows families use of shared "community" boreholes dug under the road is now heating its first home in a village in Cornwall. 

The project, in the village of Stithians, is believed to be the first of its kind in the world, and involved the installation of 42 boreholes dug 106 meters underneath the road. Each house along this road were then given the chance to have ground source heat pumps installed in their home to draw heat from these shared boreholes.

Joseph Mullane
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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.