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RHI tariffs welcomed DECC decision “the green light for market growth” 6 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com NEWSDESK New tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have been confirmed by the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC). Introduced to the domestic sector in April 2014, a wider range of technologies will be rewarded and payments will be enhanced from the 20 year calculation model by being paid over a seven year period. The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps, 18p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal. The announcement has been welcomed by industry. NIBE Energy, hailed it as “the green light for market growth and a vital step towards securing a more sustainable heating landscape nationwide”. “This just what the industry has been waiting for,” added Phil Hurley, managing director. “After numerous delays and uncertainty surrounding the scheme, the announcement has been a welcome injection of confidence, providing clarity that secure, long-term tariff support will be made available to the domestic renewable heating technology mix.” Jonathan Tedstone, Baxi’s product manager, said: “The scheme, which will offer those who installed renewable heat technology during the past three years guaranteed tariff payments, will likely incentivise householders who may have considered installing renewable energy technology, but not made the leap. “For installers, the launch of the domestic RHI means a growing need to embrace Green Deal assessments. “Installers should undertake adequate training on renewable products, in addition to credentials such as Microgenearation Certification Scheme accreditation, to take advantage of what we hope to be a spike in installations in the next 24 months.” Chris Davis, business development director for Dimplex Renewables, said the announcement “ends years of frustrating delays”. “The government has finally stepped forward and shown its commitment to renewable heat with a scheme which will undoubtedly boost demand for domestic scale renewable heating solutions. “It is a huge boost for householders wishing to invest in technologies such as heat pumps and solar thermal, helping them to reduce their dependence on increasingly costly fossil fuels.” Mitsubishi Electric’s John Kellett, said: “This is a clear statement of long-term intent from the government which gives everyone confidence that the scheme will help the market grow in a sustainable and meaningful way. “In particular, we are encouraged by the links with the Green Deal, which will ensure that renewable technologies are only installed in properties that have been thermally improved to ensure that any renewable heat generated is not wasted.” Mark McManus, Stiebel Eltron UK managing director, said: “We do have a concern that the RHI will remain a fixed rate for all heat pumps and not necessarily reward the most energy efficient products. In our view, better performing systems should receive a better tariff - this would then incentivise homeowners to select the most energy saving and efficient products rather than a cheaper alternative. “It is vital that now the tariff has been set, the green energy industry and the government work hand-in-hand to promote the RHI and its benefits.” Speaking on behalf of key heat pump manufacturers, BEAMA believes the RHI tariff announcement should kick-start a market that has been waiting to take-off since it was first proposed in 2009. But, according to marketing director, Kelly Butler, it is not the total solution to market growth. “We are now calling on DECC and industry peers to support BEAMA's renewable heat zone (RHZ) vision bringing together a range of supply chain partners, and lead authorities, to deliver regional five year growth plans. “We will be developing proposals during the summer and call for concerted efforts to make RHZs a reality by the launch of the next energy network price review period starting in 2015.” Meanwhile, Kensa's managing director, Simon Lomax, labelled the announcement “disappointingly short on detail". Alpha registration scheme A new registration scheme from Alpha Heating Innovation allows heating engineers to notify Gas Safe of all their Alpha boiler installations completely free of charge. Further information on how to access the Installer Registration Scheme is available from Alpha by calling: 0844 871 8760. 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Women apprentices sought Training charity, JTL, has hosted a parliamentary reception to mark the launch of its new programme to encourage more women into building services engineering apprenticeships. JTL’s Apprentice Ambassador Initiative has been developed to give young women real-life role models from within JTL’s group of female apprentices. The ten inaugural Apprentice Ambassadors, taken from across England and Wales and are all current and former JTL apprentices. NEWSINBRIEF WWW.HPMMAG.COM BEAMA: RHI tariffs not the total solution VERIFIED* HPM’s individual reader enquiries have now passed 535,000 from buyers and installers of your products and services *source: March 2013 HPM RSC analysis bureau


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