There was a healthy 11% increase in numbers attending the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the beginning of the month, and we certainly saw increased numbers visiting us on the Yorkshire Heat Pumps stand. Some were just beginning their self-build or renovation journey and others with approved plans in hand, were eager to get started. Since then it's been all go in the office getting out guide costs and quotations which suggests it's going to be a busy year ahead for renewables companies like ours.
With the introduction of heat demand caps in September, there has been a nervousness across the industry that this would suppress enthusiasm for renewables, but if the show was anything to go by, that is actually far from the truth.
The caps limit the size of the slice those in the largest properties can take from the domestic RHI pie, which will disappoint some, but ensures the RHI budget can go further, reaching more homes than before.
In fact, based on the plans we saw at the show, the majority of the self-build properties won't hit the heat demand cap, with the heat and hot water demand on the EPC for their well-insulated properties, built to, or surpassing current Building Regulations, expected to fall below the limit.
The heat demand caps which came into effect on 20th September 2017 are:
|Technology||Heat demand limit kWh/year|
|Air source heat pumps||20,000|
|Ground source heat pumps||30,000|
Tariffs were also uplifted for these technologies, which should breathe fresh life into the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, especially in the case of biomass which had seen tariffs degress every quarter since the scheme's launch in 2014. The tariff for solar thermal remains unchanged.
Tariffs with effect from 20th September 2017 are:
|Technology||Tariff pence per kWh|
|Air source heat pump||10.18p|
|Ground source heat pump||19.86|
The next announcement on any tariff changes due to degression will be made by 1st December 2017 and such changes would come into effect from 1st January 2018.
If all this is food for thought and you'd like to explore what renewable heating solution might be right for your home, please drop in and see us at our Harrogate-based showroom, give us a call on 01423 788699 or drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be really happy to guide you.
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