STA response to DECC’s RHI announcement

The STA responds to DECC’s plans and consultations for renewable heat DECC announced yesterday that the second phase of the RHI (covering domestic applications) will be delayed until 2013, and that a new round of Renewable Heat Premium Payments will be launched in the meantime. DECC also launched a consultation on interim cost control for the RHI, with a proposal which would give Government the power to suspend the scheme if it looks like it will exceed the annual budget.

Chair of the STA’s Solar Thermal Working Group Stuart Elmes comments:

On the extension of the RHPP:

“The previous incarnation of the RHPP was hopelessly undersubscribed. We are not convinced that this ‘bigger and better’ RHPP will be sufficient to spark increased uptake of solar heating technologies.”

On the delay to the RHI:

“While we were expecting some delay to the RHI, a whole year is very disappointing for our solar thermal members.”

And on the future of solar thermal under the RHI:

“DECC has put a lot more energy into supporting renewable electricity than renewable heat – but heat is half the problem if we are to meet our carbon targets. This unbalanced approach represents a missed opportunity.

“Solar heating manufacturers, suppliers and installers in the UK stand ready to deliver with the right support structure. We call on DECC to accelerate the timeline for RHI2 and unleash the potential of solar heating.”

The STA is working to secure the place of PV in the UK Renewable Energy Roadmap, and to secure a viable future for solar thermal under the RHI.

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