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EST expects high level of demand for RHI


THE ENERGY SAVING TRUST (EST) IS anticipating a large take up of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which launched on 1 August 2011. Administering the initiative on behalf of the DECC, the EST claims that 2,700 households have already indicated a desire to sign up to the project, which offers grants for the installation of renewable energy systems. Helen White, projects and performance manager at the EST, said: ‘There’s no question that our Renewable Heat Premium Payment team have been busy since the scheme was formally announced, and things have upped a


notch now that we’re open for business.’ Some 40 per cent of those expressing interest said they would invest in solar panels, 25 per cent in air source heat pumps, 16 per cent in ground source heat pumps, and 18 per cent in biomass boilers. Dimplex, however, has voiced its concern regarding the lack of clarity about how the scheme will be delivered, and believes there are still many questions that need to be answered. Chris Davis, business development director for Dimplex Renewables, commented: ‘A one-off payment under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) is obviously a key step towards helping householders meet the up-front capital and installation costs of renewable heating systems. But until more is known about the eligibility criteria for the full domestic RHI scheme, due to start in October 2012, it’s uncertain whether the RHPP will give householders the confi dence to opt for renewable heating, without the certainty of ongoing fi nancial support.’


Energy Training Hub awarded fi rst major contract


A centre that specialises in training for renewable energy and environmental technologies is celebrating after winning a major contract. The Energy Training Hub, a Dudley College Enterprise, based in Tipton, has been awarded a contract by Shropshire Council worth £90,000 following a competitive tender process. The contract will allow the delivery of free training in renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass to plumbers, heating engineers and building services companies across the West Midlands. Brian Foreman, managing director of The Energy Training Hub, commented: ‘We are extremely pleased to have won this high profi le contract and to be working with councils across the West Midlands to offer small- and medium-sized companies the opportunity to access free training. It presents a major opportunity for businesses to extend their skills base, and offers them the potential of new business within the environmental technology sector.’


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