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RHI update welcomed by HPA

The Heat Pump Association has issued a qualified welcome to the government’s response to the Renewable Heat Incentive consultation.

The HPA voiced concern that final timescales appeared to rest upon parliamentary time being available, but said it hopes this response by the DECC will send the message to sceptics of non-domestic version of the RHI.

The HPA rasied its concerns over the perceived view that deployment for ground-source heat pumps is likely to remain “low” and thus a trigger point for its digression in tariff has been set at just 5 per cent of total spend.

This was described as “a potential self-fulfilling prophecy situation” by the HPA.

GSHP deployment is low for a number of reasons, it added, and a more realistic tariff along with preliminary accreditation and ideally enhanced preliminary accreditation would contribute positively to its wider deployment.

However, EPA will be delayed until the current cost control measures are tried and tested. 

The HPA said that what remained key to industry were: tariff levels, trigger point for individual technologies, enhanced preliminary accreditation and which technologies will be added to Non-Domestic RHI Phase II.

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