Keith Jones: Plumb center has an essential role to play.

Spending Review: Plumb Center welcomes ‘real progress’

Published:  22 October, 2010

LEAMINGTON SPA: Plumb Center’s managing director, Keith Jones welcomed the Spending Review as a positive step for the green agenda.

“With the commitment to introduce the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) from 2011-12 and the Green Deal from 2013, the Spending Review has put an end to months of speculation about cuts to renewables funding,” Mr Jones said.

“The industry has started to make real progress with renewable technologies and this funding will be the catalyst needed to take it to the next level.” 

The Chancellor has pledged £860m funding for the RHI which will drive a more than ten-fold increase of renewable heat over the coming decade, shifting renewable heat from a fringe industry firmly into the mainstream.

The Chancellor has also confirmed that the Department for Energy and Climate Change will work with the private sector, enabling households to improve the energy efficiency of their house at no upfront cost, repaying through the savings they make on their energy bills, through the Green Deal.

"It is now more important than ever that businesses such as Plumb Center recognise that they have an essential role to play in supporting installers with the provision of energy-saving technologies to homeowners.

"We are currently undertaking a programme to create a new generation of branches with training facilities and full working displays of renewable technologies showcasing the latest and most innovative products. What better way to show customers the benefits of new and sustainable technologies, such as heat pumps and solar thermal, than by having them working in the branch, actually providing space and water heating for the building."

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