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Daikin UK welcomes Minister’s U-turn on commercial RHI

The MD of Daikin UK welcomes news that the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change plans to include commercial scale air-to-water heat pumps in the non-domestic RHI.

Daikin UK, along with the Micropower Council and other industry bodies, has repeatedly urged the Minister to  include air-to-water heat pumps in the commercial section of the RHI. The industry has argued that, by leaving air-to-water heat pumps out of the current non-domestic incentive programme, the Government was guilty of falsely distorting the renewable heating market and creating an unfair playing field for air-to-water heat pump manufacturers and installers.

However, the Minister has signalled that he will explore how to include air-to-water heat pumps as quickly as possible following a joint trade industry campaign by the Micropower Council, the Heat Pumps Association, BEAMA and the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council, and a recent keynote speech by Peter Verkempynck to an audience including Greg Barker at the House of Commons.”

Announcing that the industry has made a “very strong” case, Mr Barker has indicated that he plans to “find a way to fast-track the inclusion of air-to-water commercial heat pumps ahead of other changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive planned for next summer.”  

Peter Verkempynck said: “We are delighted that the Minister has listened to the industry and has committed to include air-to-water heat pumps in the Commercial RHI as soon as possible.”

“The inclusion of air-to-water heat pumps in this incentive programme will encourage the take-up of the technology in non-domestic applications and ensure that many more projects can consider air-to-water heat pumps as well as other already supported technologies.”

“This will encourage the market to grow in line with other renewable technologies that are already included in the scheme.”

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