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British Gas partnership set to deliver funding for air source heat pumps

Mitsibushi Electric has announced that its Ecodan residential air source heat pumps are now eligible for Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) funding, following a deal with British Gas.

The partnership means that all equipment installed and working before 31 March 2011 will be eligible for an average rebate of £500, the company states.

The one-off payment is made directly to the home owner, housing association, or landlord and can apply to any domestic property, with higher levels of funding available priority groups such as the elderly and those on benefits with young children.

Mitsubishi states that Ecodan is the only air source heat pump with an approved Ofgem carbon score and this can now be used for the CERT funding scheme in its partnership with British Gas.

John Kellett, general manager of the company’s Domestic Heating Systems Division, said: “The actual amount that can be claimed will depend on the size of the property and the type of heating being replaced but it could be anything from a couple of hundred pounds for a small flat to around £1,400 for a large house replacing solid fuel.”

The CERT programme has been in existence since 2008 and focuses on improving the energy efficiency and insulation of UK homes.