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Air source heat pumps - alternative schemes

Post RHI announcement Tom Garrigan of BSRIA looks at the schemes available for air-source heat pump schemes and how they can benefit system specifiers.

The recent RHI announcement may have put air-source heat pumps on the back burner for the next 12 months at least, however the technology is still set to increase in popularity.

There are two main schemes specifically run in the UK: the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), and the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme. The MCS, supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, focuses on product and installer certification, with grants available to applicants who meet the required criteria.

Grants of up to £2500 per property are available to households, community organisations, public, private and not for profit sectors. Heat pumps with a capacity of up to 45 kW are accepted, however each technology has a minimum COP (co-efficient of performance) requirement.

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