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Article Date: 24th May 2013

Daikin UK Welcomes Increase in RHPP Voucher Values

Air Source Heat Pumps - Heat Pumps - Renewable Heating

Daikin Peter Verkempynck

Peter Verkempynck, Managing Director at Daikin UK, welcomes the Government’s recently announced increase in the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) following his call for more funding to be made available.

As a leading supplier of air-to-water heat pumps, Daikin UK called for funding to be increased for the duration of the RHPP, in a move to reassure the industry that the Government is still committed to encouraging the mass take up of renewable heating systems.

“On May 20th, the Government heeded this call and committed to increasing the payment for air-to-water heat pumps from £850 to £1,300, a move which we welcome and which goes some way to mitigating the detrimental effect of postponing the start of the RHI,” said Verkempynck.

“The number of households participating in the scheme since August 2011 to March 2013 has been disappointingly low, with only around 3,000 vouchers being claimed for air source heat pumps. We hope that this move by the Government to increase voucher values will encourage more householders to opt for renewable heating technologies such as air-to-water heat pumps and not to delay their decision until the launch of RHI.”

“The Government has set a target of 15% of the UK’s energy supply to come from renewable sources by 2020. This announcement goes some way to installing confidence in the Government’s commitment to this target.”

On announcing the increase in funding, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “I want to kick start this exciting new market for consumer renewable heat technologies.

“This time-limited, big increase in the value of vouchers for hardworking people who want to do something positive to install money saving green heating in their homes, should be a real boost for this growing green sector.”

The increased RHPP funding extension will be available for households until the end of March 2014. For air-to-water heat pumps, the voucher payments have increased to £1,300 for households currently relying on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity, and funding for solar thermal technology has also been increased to £600 – all of which is great news for Daikin customers wishing to invest in AWHP and solar thermal technologies.

However, increases in voucher values have been introduced alongside a new requirement for householders to undertake a Green Deal assessment before they can submit a claim to the Energy Saving Trust to redeem their voucher. This is designed to encourage householders to think about how renewable heating technologies could work well with energy efficiency improvements in their homes. The additional voucher values are intended to reflect the cost of a Green Deal assessment, as well as the cost of getting these technologies installed in homes. Householders can also use the Green Deal to fund some of the cost of the energy efficiency measures through savings on their energy bill.

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