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DIMPLEX Welcomes Boost For Renewable Heat

Dimplex has welcomed the government’s proposed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, an initiative aiming to provide financial support for householders, businesses and organisations at all levels to install sources of renewable heating, including heat pumps and solar thermal water heating.

Intended for launch in April 2011, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the first scheme of its kind in the world. While “feed-in tariff” such as the new Clean Energy Cashback scheme in the UK are already in place in many countries, these have focused on local electricity generation and feedback to the grid, rather than the direct harvesting of heat from renewable sources.

Chris Davis, business development director for renewables at Dimplex, said: “The scheme has the potential to be a real boost for the uptake of renewables such as heat pumps and solar hot water in the UK, and make an important contribution towards meeting the government’s targets on carbon emissions.”

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the RHI will increase financial support previously available through grant schemes such as the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. Under the proposed tariffs the installation of a ground source heat pump in an average semi-detached house with adequate insulation levels could be rewarded with £1,000 a year in RHI payments for a guaranteed period of 23 years, in addition to fuel costs savings of £200 per year.

Proposed tariffs are intended to bridge any financial gap between the cost of conventional and renewable heat systems at all levels, plus an investment rate of return up to 12 percent. The rate and duration of tariffs proposed vary according to the technology, with ground source heat pumps attracting 7p per kWh over 23 years, air source 7.5p per kWh over 18 years and solar thermal 18p per kWh over 20 years.

Email: marketing@dimplex.co.uk


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