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WWW.HPMMAG.COM NEWSDESK Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Seven cities to get FROM Green Deal funding THE EDITOR up and running, and I look forward to seeing a number of properties “renewable heat is about to wake from its slumbers” need.” Tfirst put forward plans to introduce a green heating scheme as ahursday September 20, 2012 was a historic day for those in therenewable heating industry. Three years after the governmentThe new funding will be a key across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they opportunity to test elements of the way of encouraging the public to use heat pumps, solar panels Green Deal framework like and biomass boilers, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has taken a Manchester: one of seven cities picked assessment and installation, and giant step forward with the Department of Energy and Climate Change provide early feedback. (DECC) revealing the tariff levels for eligible technologies. Seven cities across England have The proposals received include It has been a long time coming - especially as support for received a share of £12 million to retrofitting properties across whole non-domestic RHI installations was first announced last November - help them kick-start the Green Deal communities and initial indications effectively meaning installers and consumers have been left for a year in their regions. suggest that the cities expect to wondering when the tariff for residential installations will be The cities – Birmingham, Bristol, deliver around 2,500 retrofits to confirmed. Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, households and non-domestic We have also learnt that the RHI will operate much like the already Nottingham and Sheffield – have properties. established Feed-in Tariff and homeowners will get paid for the put forward ambitious proposals to All of the cities are also renewable heat they generate. lower their carbon emissions and proposing to generate match But for the first time, tariff levels have been set for solar thermal this new funding will support their funding and/or provide direct water heating, biomass boilers and both ground source and air source plans to test key elements of the support themselves. heat pumps. Green Deal. This work will support future Tariff levels are subject to change as the government continues to The Green Deal helps people pay Green Deal activity in these cities, gather information from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment - the for home improvements like raise awareness of the Green Deal forerunner to the RHI - but are unlikely to differ too much from the insulation through savings on their significantly through community figures given out last month. energy bills. engagement and show homes, and Industry should be pleased that the government has published the The finance comes from the £200 provide support to local supply proposals. million Green Deal launch chains including trained Green Now it is up to DECC to work alongside the likes of the Solar Trade incentives funding. Deal advisors and registered Association and the Renewable Trade Association to fine tune the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey said: installers. details which would make the RHI work successfully. “These cities have really ambitious Funding for the cities was Renewable heat has been the sleeping giant of UK renewable energy plans to lower their emissions, allocated by population, with the policy for many years. Hopefully, it is about to wake from its slumbers. reduce energy use and help people total amount being adjusted based save money on their bills. I’ve been on the nature of the proposals, Tim Wood, Editor HPM really impressed by their plans to including how closely the proposals twood@unity-media.com start testing the Green Deal and mimic the Green Deal, the range of transforming our homes and initiatives, properties and measures buildings. and the overall deliverability of the Follow us on: @HPMMAG “This funding will help them get initiatives. underfloor heating | heat pumps | solar • Underfloor heating – from extensions to multi-site developments. • Heat pumps – ground source, air source and exhaust air models with complete design and commissioning service. Nu-Heat • Solar thermal – full range of flat panel models. U N D E R F L O O R & R E N E W A B L E S • Training in renewables and underfloor heating www.nu-heat.co.uk/hpmed available at our accredited training centre. 01404 549770 enquiry number 303 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY OCTOBER 2012 5


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