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Launch of domestic RHI good news for industry

The launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for domestic installations by the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s has been welcomed by the industry.

The official launch of the domestic RHI, which took place earlier this month, was a “long time coming”, according to several industry sources, who said it was positive news for the industry as a whole.

Baxi managing director, Paul Hardy, told Heating and Ventilation News: “The industry is now in a great place to push renewable energy forward within homes across the country.

“It certainly feels like the Government has been listening to the industry and has learnt from previous incentive schemes, such as FITs. As a result, a new Government website has been created to provide clear and concise advice not only for consumers but also installers on the technology, the incentives, and the opportunities available."

Mr Hardy also said that the strategy was “refreshing” as it took into account some of the key tools that the industry has been calling for for a long time.

Industry officials confirmed that, while the launch of the scheme is extremely positive news, in order to make it work to its full extent, the heating industry needs to ensure it gets behind the domestic RHI.

Plumb Center renewables director, Simon Allan, told the publication: “The launch is great news for the renewables market and we’re sure the Government’s announcement will give renewed confidence to installers.

“We understand installers are busy people so we’ve left no stone unturned to provide the training, products and support they’ll need to get ahead of their competitors."