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New government has short-changed heat pump firms says distributor

Neil Afram, boss of Daikin distributor Space Air, has warned that the government’s decision to scrap the low carbon building programme has left heat pump funding in a state of confusion.

He said: “There have been a number of comments from the renewable technologies industry but one important point appears to have been largely overlooked.”

“Despite the leading heat pump manufacturers already complying with stringent industry standards and best practices, the previous government decreed that any grant funding available via the LCBP was conditional upon the eligible heat pumps being Microgeneration Certification Scheme certified. Installations also had to be carried out by MCS certified installers.

“Manufacturers and installers wishing to participate in the programme became obliged to apply for MCS and to pay fees, that turned out, at best, to be grossly underestimated, if not seriously misrepresented

Mr Afram pointed out that at a time of significant economical difficulties, many manufacturers and installers had ‘dug deep’ to invest ,in the MCS in order to access the LCBP grant scheme: “Now this has been prematurely scrapped, those manufacturers and installers are left feeling seriously short-changed. They would surely be justified in demanding compensationfrom the government.”

He added that the decision could put the development of the fledgling heat pump industry by three years or more. “The industry, installers, developers, housing associations and most importantly end-users now have nothing tangible to encourage the use of renewable technologies.. How can any government claim that they care for the environment when they play politics with tax-payers money in this way?”

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