With final details yet to be revealed of all aspects of the Renewable Heat Incentive and rumours of a delay beginning to circulate, the Government is coming under increasing pressure to make an announcement.
Having confirmed its continuance in the spending review last October, it was originally announced that this would come into effect in June this year.
Further details were initially due to be revealed at the end of last year, but the announcement has been delayed until February.
Robert Lockhart, commercial and renewables sales manager at Vokèra, is one of those urging the Government to end the wait:
“The heating industry is facing challenging times with rapidly changing technologies and legislation,” he says.
“While the Government seems to have good intentions in trying to drive the uptake of renewables, the delay of this scheme is yet again another blow for manufacturers, installers and homeowners.
“We work closely with our installers and the feedback we receive is that they simply want to start recommending and fitting renewables technologies, and the RHI is going to be an integral part of this happening.
“Vokèra is concerned that the delay in launching the RHI scheme will have an impact on the uptake of renewables and the subsequent carbon reduction commitments.
“There are so many different pieces of legislation coming through over the next few years, that clear communication is vital. We are all waiting with anticipation to see what will happen with the RHI and we hope that things move quickly to assist the growth and progression of the renewables industry.”