The Heat Pump Association (HPA)has welcomed the decision by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to significantly increase the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), designed to help with installation costs for renewable technologies.
The RHPP for air to water heat pumps was increased to £1,300, while for ground source and water source heat pumps it was increased to £2,300.
However, the HPA noted the rise did not reflect the 100 per cent rise requested for all technologies.
The government said the increase followed consideration of new data available on installation costs and recent feeedback from industry.
HPA president Tony Bowen said: “This is a welcome move by DECC, giving further evidence of their commitment to the long-awaited implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties in spring 2014.”
Mr Bowen added: “It is essential that DECC provide regular updates to ensure confidence in the RHI is maintained, since confidence has been severely dented by repeated postponements in the past.”
DECC said that new applicants from 20 May 2013 will also be required to undertake a Green Deal Assessment before submitting a claim for payment of their voucher. It said: “This will help consumers to choose the most appropriate new technology for their home and circumstances. As the voucher levels are being increased, this additional money will cover the costs of an assessment.”
The HPA said it will ensure that basic energy-saving measures, such as adequate insulation, are already in place before the installation of renewable energy.
It added it has always supported the provision of ensuring adequate insulation. This has the added benefit that existing heat emitters could operate at lower temperatures to provide the new reduced heat demand, and are even more suitable to the application of heat pumps.