Leading heat pump manufacturer Stiebel Eltron UK
has welcomed the confirmation of new tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced that tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps, 18p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal.
Mark McManus, Stiebel Eltron UK Managing Director, said: “The renewable energy industry has been waiting a long time for this and we are encouraged by the strong tariff levels, which will give homeowners the confidence to look at heat pump technology as a viable heating option.
“The domestic RHI now gives a tangible incentive for householders who will get a solid return on investment for reducing their carbon output. In the past many people who had been considering renewable energy were sticking with traditional heating solutions such as oil and LPG due to the uncertainty of government incentive schemes – we hope this will now change.
“We do have a concern that the RHI will remain a fixed rate for all heat pumps and not necessarily reward the most energy efficient products. In our view, better performing systems should receive a better tariff – this would then incentivise homeowners to select the most energy saving and efficient products rather than a cheaper alternative.”
Mr McManus said however that the RHI tariff will generate confidence among installers that green energy has a sustainable and long-term future.
“It is vital that now the tariff has been set, the green energy industry and the government work hand-in-hand to promote the RHI and its benefits,” he said.
“As one of the world’s leading heat pump manufacturers, Stiebel Eltron is committed to educating people about the benefits of renewable energy systems – we would be delighted to provide advice and support to any homeowners thinking of purchasing a heat pump, or installers looking to expand into the green energy market.