The industry has responded to the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s announcement that its Renewable Heat Incentive scheme for domestic installations will finally begin.
Baxi managing director, Paul Hardy, said: “After much talk and deliberation, we are delighted with today’s announcement and the official launch of the domestic RHI.
“Echoing the thoughts of Greg Barker, it has been a long time coming, but industry is now in a great place to push renewable energy forward within homes across the country.
“It certainly feels like the government has been listening to the industry and has learnt from previous incentive schemes, such as FITs.
“As a result, a new government website has been created to provide clear and concise advice not only for consumers but also installers on the technology, the incentives, and the opportunities available.
“It’s really refreshing to see a well thought-out strategy that incorporates some of the key tools that industry has been championing for so very long.”
Mr Hardy said the RHI is great news for people who have already made the move to renewable heating thanks to the government’s commitment to “legacy” applicants and also for those considering installing renewables in the foreseeable future.
He added that it is now crucial for the heating industry to get behind the domestic RHI.
He said the scheme is not only an incentive for consumers to purchase renewables, it can also motivate installers to advocate renewable technologies as a viable alternative heating solution in people’s homes.
Daikin UK commercial director, heating and renewables, David Lacey, commented: “The introduction of the eagerly-awaited domestic RHI should give the industry a massive boost.
“It will provide financial help to households wishing to make the switch to renewable heating and is a really important step in providing a secure UK energy infrastructure and in reducing carbon emissions.”
Plumb Center renewables director, Simon Allan, said: “The launch is great news for the renewables market and we’re sure the government’s announcement will give renewed confidence to installers.
“We understand installers are busy people so we’ve left no stone unturned to provide the training, products and support they’ll need to get ahead of their competitors.”
Dimplex Renewables marketing director Clyde MacVeigh said the news has been anticipated by everyone in the industry: “Finally, consumers can have the confidence to go ahead with the installation of heat pumps, solar thermal and other technologies, knowing they will be rewarded for the renewable heat they generate.”
According to Mr MacVeigh, there are home owners who are interested in renewable heating technologies but after all the delays that this scheme has faced, many were not speaking to installers until they knew that the funding would be there.
Now that a start date has been announced, with guaranteed tariffs for eligible installations over the next seven years, the industry is expecting to see a surge in the number of renewable heat installations.
“The next step now is to make sure that everybody in the industry – the government, manufacturers and installers – makes every effort to publicise the funding and raise knowledge amongst homeowners,” Mr MacVeigh added.
“There is a fantastic opportunity for householders to make significant savings to their heating bills with lower payback periods than they might expect.”