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Lack of RHI applications stem from complex process

Dear Sir,

Regarding last week’s cover story (H&V News, 21 March), most of the lack of applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) stem from the Feed-in Tariffs debacle surrounding the reasons for the tariff reduction; greedy landowners trying to grow photovoltaic installations. 

Having said that, our clients who are attempting to qualify for the RHI are complaining about the difficulty of completing the application.

One of our installs has been used to educate Ofgem about what people are dealing with.

I think the comment about heat meters is a red herring; the application and fitting of them is quite clear and unambiguous. We have clients who have installed and operated Class 2 heat meters for over three years without any issues at all.

If you have two fuel sources, say biomass and oil back-up, both require a heat meter. If you then have chargeable areas, such as a rented office or household, they require a meter each; the user is then charged for the heat they consume in kW.

Where the fun really starts is in the deduction of the amount of heat from a fossil fuel when the biomass is offline. You cannot claim heat which is produced from a fossil fuel source!

The loser is the company which is registered for the RHI if, because of poor application design installation or operation, the fossil fuel has to be offset when the biomass system is not working.

Also, in a lot of projects, both those supplying biomass boilers and end users, the users have switched them off!

Therefore they are not interested in dipping their toes into the biomass heating market again.

Bruce Boucher, Bruce Boucher Consultancy


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