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Heat Pump industry welcomes Domestic RHI and vows to keep lobbying on Non-Domestic version

The HPA said it ‘warmly welcomes’ today’s announcement of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), to be introduced from April 2014. The association noted that the Domestic version includes a number of significant improvements over its Non-Domestic cousin.

The RHI for domestic properties allows for both Air Source & Ground Source Heat Pump systems. Payments will be enhanced from the 20 year calculation model by being paid over a 7 year period, the HPA said. Unlike its predecessor RHPP, it will also be available to dwellings that are also on the gas grid. Payments will also be related to predicted efficiency performance, which the Association said would encourage better practice.

The Association said: “This long awaited incentive will give a much needed boost to the heat pump industry. The HPA will continue to press for additional technologies in the Non-domestic scheme, notably Air Source Heat Pumps, and for greater tariff certainty for long lead-in time projects in the form of Enhanced Preliminary Accreditation.”

Along with publication of the RHI tariffs, the government set out how other new technologies could become eligible for future incentives (see attached document).

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