Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Things Hotting Up for Renewable Heat; the Renewable Heat Industry Is about to Take off, but Local Heating Installers Are Feeling Cautious. KELLEY PRICE Finds out More

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Things Hotting Up for Renewable Heat; the Renewable Heat Industry Is about to Take off, but Local Heating Installers Are Feeling Cautious. KELLEY PRICE Finds out More

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Byline: KELLEY PRICE S

THE Government has given a taster of what's to come for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - the UK's unique cashback scheme for householders producing their own renewable heat.

It's just published new tariff levels for consultation, aimed at encouraging uptake on renewable heat technologies such as air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal.

Teesside installers are poised for their phones to start ringing off the hook as soon as an announcement is made - and they have been waiting patiently for the Government to decide how much incentive to offer householders.

Meanwhile, the Government is at pains to set the right level of incentive following the feed-in tariff (FIT) fiasco earlier this year, when the cashback for people installing solar photovoltaic panels was halved, causing hundreds of cancelled orders and job losses countrywide.

Teesside companies are just as cautious.

And more established firms say they're concerned about a glut of new businesses jumping on the renewable heat bandwagon.

They claim more start-up and training support should be available to them as well as the newbies.

Claire Thomas, who runs Darlington-based Blackwell Heating & Plumbing with her husband, Andrew, said: "The Government pulled out of feed-in tariffs, we had a lot of estimates with customers ready to roll, but they were pulled because people couldn't justify the outlay.

"It will either put people off from heat installations, or it will actually be better in the long-run because the Government won't panic and pull out, like it did with feed-in tariffs."

She believes the industry is currently suffering from a hiatus, as nobody knows how much the incentive will be worth - and for how long it will last.

"We are just waiting. People didn't think they'd do what they did to FITs - but they did. …

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