Installers are key to increase RHI heat pump take up, says Stiebel Eltron UK

Installers are key to increase RHI heat pump take up, says Stiebel Eltron UK
4 Apr 2012, 13:15

Stiebel Eltron is responding to Ofgem’s move to help drive the RHI by holding a series of ‘application help’ events across the UK. The company said it is vital that Ofgem works hand-in-hand with heat pump industry manufacturers and installers to raise the profile of government incentives and simplify the application process.

Ofgem has revealed that of the 11 schemes so far approved, only three were heat pump applications, with the rest for biomass projects.

The company’s managing director Mark McManus said: “The figures for heat pumps could definitely be much higher but this is where the scheme needs to be marketed better to businesses looking at ground source projects.

“The majority of applications seem to be for biomass projects, and the government is really throwing its weight behind such developments. However, the RHI is available for a wider range of technologies than just biomass and this must be communicated effectively if the scheme is to drive forward renewable technology sales.

“Many firms are already doing great work in promoting and marketing green energy to businesses and property owners, but the industry is not being done any favours by the red tape surrounding financial incentives. Filling in these applications is not an easy process and it is getting harder to meet the strict criteria necessary to be approved.”

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