Guy Ransom, Commercial Director of Finn Geotherm, addresses what he regards as the key points from the report.
"We read with interest the findings from the Public Accounts Committee on the RHI, which have been covered in the media. As a heat pump company who has been designing and installing systems and dealing with RHI applications for 12 years, we wanted to address the key points.
A city-centre penthouse apartment in Norwich is enjoying free green heating and hot water following the installation of an air source heat pump powered by solar PV panels.
Built on the roof of a 1930s art deco style former factory, originally used in the shoe industry, the two-bedroom penthouse is situated four storeys up on a busy Norwich street. With panoramic views of the city, the apartment has been built to the highest environmental standards, with renewable energy providing all the heating and hot water needed by homeowner Alan Cole.
"Wednesday’s announcement on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) should provide a much needed boost to the heat pump industry." Say's Russell Dean, Mitsubishi Electric
The increase in the air source heat pump tariff by 33% will enable the industry to grow towards the volume needed to help meet the country’s renewable targets and most importantly help customers reduce their heating bills.
We know that air source heat pumps are suitable for the vast majority of homes, can be straightforward to install and that they can make a real difference to alleviating fuel poverty. Heating oil prices have been tracking the recent increases in wholesale oil costs which is going to make this winter a little tougher for households.
The Ground Source Heat Pump Association welcomes the BEIS publication of its response to The Renewable Heat Incentive – A Reformed and Refocused scheme consultation.
Today Baroness Neville-Rolfe made an important speech during which she underlined the importance of heat pumps in tackling the challenge of heating our buildings in the low carbon economy. She touched on heat networks, heat storage and heat recovery – all of which are uniquely well suited to promote ground source heat pump deployment at a large scale. To support this, she also announced the launch of several key consultations and the long-awaited publication of the reforms to the RHI.
"Simon Lomax, Managing Director of Kensa Heat Pumps, comments on the Government's response to the RHI Consultation published on the 14th December 2016."
“Kensa welcomes the proposed refinements to the RHI and trusts they will quickly receive parliamentary approval. It is encouraging that Government has confirmed its belief that ground source heat pumps are a strategically important technology and have offered more attractive support particularly for residential properties served by shared ground loops, a concept that has been pioneered by Kensa in the UK."
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) broadly welcomes the release today (14th December) of the Government’s intended reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme in Spring 2017.
Mike Nankivell, President of the HPA, said: “Considering there was a genuine risk to the continuance of the RHI scheme due to Brexit, Government changes and the state of the economy, this has to be seen as a largely positive outcome...
_A new Code of Practice for surface water source heat pumps has been launched by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), in a bid to help the UK meet targets to reduce its carbon emissions.
The new publication, produced in association with the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA), is the first Code of Practice relating to surface water source heat pumps and aims to raise industry standards and promote the use of the technology in UK buildings, which has historically suffered by being less well known than ground and air source alternatives.
“This new Code is exactly what is needed to give developers and investors the confidence to recognise the potential of surface water heat pump technology...
Finn Geotherm has reached the milestone of ensuring five million pounds in Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments will be shared among the hundreds of home owners for which it has designed and installed renewable heating systems.
The Domestic RHI is a government initiative designed to reward home owners for choosing to switch to a more environmentally friendly form of heating.
As one of the longest established renewable heating companies in the UK, they have been helping its customers apply for this tax-free incentive since it was first introduced in April 2014. The company has kept a log of all the payments it has secured for its domestic customers and this has now reached a total of £5 million pounds.
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