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Heat pump manufacturer urges government to double RHPP funding

Daikin has urged the government to double the Renewable Heat Premium Payment funding currently available to claimants, following the postponement of the Renewable Heat Incentive until spring 2014.

Daikin said it would like to see available funding increased from £850 to £1700 during the extension of the RHPP announced on March 26. This would demonstrate the government’s commitment to encourage significant uptake of air-source heat pumps as a renewable technology.

The number of households participating in the scheme to date has been very low.

Under the first phase of RHPP in 2011, a total of 1,837 households claimed funding towards their air-source heat pump installations; in the second phase in 2012, only 1,260 households claimed the grant.

During the announcement of the government’s future heat strategy energy secretary Ed Davey said: “Many homes and businesses across the UK have already switched away from fossil fuels and are using kit like biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal panels to provide heat, thanks to government support, and I want to ensure even more householders and organisations get on board.”

The government has set a target of 15 per cent of the UK’s energy supply to come from renewable sources by 2020. Dakin believes much more needs to be done now to make this a realistic proposition.

The RHPP funding extension will be available for households until the end of March 2014 for air-to-water heat pumps, ground or water source heat pumps and biomass boilers where households currently rely on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity. Funding for solar thermal technology is also available.

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