REA head of policy Paul Thompson said: “Renewable heat has been the sleeping giant of UK renewable energy policy. Renewable heat technologies are often very cost-effective, and have a major role to play in reducing our carbon emissions, improving our energy security, and revitalising our economy.
“We are delighted that the government has published these proposals on time and we are looking forward to engaging further with DECC on the details to make the RHI work.”
Non-domestic technologies which are already supported by the RHI include biomass boilers, ground-source heat pumps, biogas combustion, biomethane injection and solar thermal.
Others in industry were more cautious in their praise. Solar Trade Association CEO Paul Barwell said: “We feel optimistic about finding constructive solutions with DECC going forwards. The tariff level proposed for solar thermal will concern many of our members, but following sustained lobbying from the STA, the door has been left open for flexibility on this support level.”
Chris Dale, director of Danfoss, said: “It’s very welcome news that DECC has began its consultation on the RHI. The industry has been moving more slowly than many would have liked and this has resulted in some householders and businesses putting off their decision to upgrade their heating systems until the RHI is finalised.”
He added: “Once the consultations have been completed, we are hoping that it will result in more transparency for homeowners and businesses, giving them the confidence to invest it renewable technologies.”
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