I have just read your leader (H&V News, 21 March). I agree wholeheartedly that there are several problems to be addressed before the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) finally gets under way.
I think that the major problem with the low uptake of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) is that, to obtain this initial grant, the installation has to be installed and invoiced prior to being eligible.
This would mean that any end user interested in going down the ‘renewable’ route would possibly not commit themselves until such times as the future tariff payments are announced/confirmed.
I appreciate the £850 could be considered as a reasonable incentive but possibly not with a proposed install cost of £12,000, possibly for something that may in the end only attract minimal grant funding.
To encourage a better level of take-up a clearer indication and direction of funding available needs to be announced as soon as possible or else the whole thing will just fade away.
It’s probably true that certain end users would probably go down the ‘green route’ anyway but it’s such a shame as installations, if carried out correctly and in the numbers originally expected, could make a considerable difference to the whole scheme of things regarding carbon emissions.
That’s enough of my rantings, I’m off to lie down and reread the latest MIS 3005.
Martin Pollentine, Adustus Services