Record numbers visit the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show

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.

RHI Scheme reform delays

First Brexit slowed down the passage of scheme reforms through Parliament, now the snap General Election is pushing back the implementation of substantive changes to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. Does this present a window of opportunity?

Reduced rate VAT on renewables questioned

The attractive 5% VAT rate on domestic renewable energy heating installations could be under threat thanks to the pronouncement from The European Court of Justice that this reduced rate VAT is illegal.

Brook Taverner factory biomass installation in the news

Yorkshire Heat Pumps' recent installation of a 199kW pellet boiler at the Keighley factory of historic Harris Tweed clothing company, Brook Taverner, has been in the news this week.

The ups and downs of domestic RHI tariffs

This week Ofgem has announced the domestic RHI tariffs which will come into effect on April 1st 2015. There are winners and losers, with inflationary RPI increases for some and the degression 'super trigger' reached for biomass which sees its tariff tumble.

Question of the week (and a lot of acronyms)

If I have to have a Green Deal Assessment (GDA) to get my domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (dRHI) deemed, why do I need to commission full Heat Loss Calculations (HLC)?

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payments being introduced

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. The scheme is for householders looking to replace their current heating system with a supported renewable heat technology and for householders who have installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009.