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Increased RHI tariffs for GSHP installations

The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Renewable Heat Incentive Early Tariff Review on non-domestic installations has proposed increases in ground-source heat pump tariffs.

The Ground Source Heat Pump Association argues that a doubling of the small tariff and a tripling of the large tariff is what the ground-source sector requires to get back on track.

The association also said: “Because GSHPs can perform at all scales to provide space and hot water heating in a variety of different building categories; they can make a significant contribution to the 2020 renewable energy target.”

GSHPA chairman Simon Lomax said: “This is great news for the industry and the country; significantly increased tariffs are just the boost the ground-source sector needs.

“With these changes, we expect to see growth in ground source installations and the supply of much greater levels of renewable heat in Britain.

“The association welcomes the intention to pay out on all renewable heat produced by GSHPs. We will continue to work closely with DECC to develop the appropriate formula so that this policy can be implemented in full.”

The GSHPA added that it was enthusiastic about the work covered so far with DECC officials on the new tariff levels, the value-for-money cap and paying out on all renewable heat produced, and that it now expected to see a restoration of growth in GSHP installations.

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