Air source heat pump suppliers have expressed disappointment at the news that there will be no Renewable Heat Incentive payment till at least October 2012
Air source heat pump suppliers, who comprised one of the largest sectors at last week’s Ecobuild show expressed disappointment at today’s news that the air source technology will not attract the RHI payment until at least the second ‘domestic’ phase of the scheme in 2012.
Installations of air source heat pumps will attract a one-off grant of £850 if both product and installer is MCS certified but there will be no payment back on the fuel bill in the RHI scheme announced today. The first phase of the scheme focuses mainly on non-dmoestic installations.
Sanyo European sales and marketing general manager Bob Cowlard said: “It is a major setback for the heat pump sector. Air to water is one of the easiest technologies to install and it is bound to restrict market development for the next year. Companies have made major investment in the technology and the news that it is thewhole air-to-water technology that has been dropped irrespective of product, is disappointing.”
Graham Hendra, md of Freedom Heat Pumps said. “I am disappointend that air-to-water has got nothing but not altogether surprised. The message is that all products will have to be MCS certified if people are to specify them, but it is difficult to see how heat pump installers will want to pay to join MCS at the moment if they are only getting the one-off payment with no incentive to give to their customers. I only hope there is better news with the Green Deal for homes next year.”
The cooling element of heat pumps will not be eligible for the RHI, only the metered heat output.
The government has decided that air source heat pumps need more work ‘to better understand the costs associated with the technology’ before they can be included in the Renewable Heat Incentive.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change added that air-to-air would also need more work: “For air source heat pumps, work is ongoing to develop a robust methodology for measuring heat delivered in the form of hot air. Subject to successful conclusion of this work and other factors (such as the role of cooling as opposed to heating in such systems) we intend to extend eligibility to this technology from 2012.”
Ground source heat pumps, by contrast will qualify as long as they can demonstrate a COP of 2.9. Heat pumps up to 45kWh will need to be MCS certified.
The RHI payment for these will be 4.3p per kWh for small installations under 100kWh and 3p per kWh for larger installations. The one-off installation payment is £1250 per unit.
Significantly, the RHI payments will be backdated to apply to any qualifying installation after 15 July 2009.
Owners of qualifying installations will have to apply to Ofgem demonstrating they meet the eligibility criterial to receive the staged RHI payments. Applicants can submit plans of a system yet to be installed.