Vokèra reports mixed reaction to RHPP news

Published:  22 July, 2011

LONDON: Boiler and renewables manufacturer Vokèra is voicing mixed opinions on the recent updates to the Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP).

"What is great about the RHPP is that so far the scheme seems to be very simple. This will help its success – something we saw with the boiler scrappage scheme, which was kept very clear and subsequently worked very well," said Eleanor Fox, Vokèra's marketing director.

"While we don't feel the premium payments are enough to dramatically increase uptake of renewables, they will certainly help. It demonstrates to the end-user that the Government is backing renewable technologies and recognising their importance in meeting our carbon reduction commitments."

The announcement from the DECC has confirmed that the scheme will not start until 1 August; a delay from the expected date of 1 July.

"While this is a disappointment at least it is finally here. Installers who have not started need to get prepared. Our advice is to get MCS accredited, finish off any necessary training and market their services to potential customers alongside their core business," said Ms Fox.

While Vokèra has been, and remains, very positive about the scheme, the manufacturer vented its disappointment that the criteria for the RHI tariff is still not clear.

"This could be a stumbling block to initial uptake, as homeowners who receive the RHPP are not guaranteed the ongoing Renewable Heat Incentive tariffs which are expected to launch in October 2012,” said Ms Fox.

"We are urging the Government to announce the RHI tariff criteria as soon as possible. The ideal situation would be that the criteria is the same for the tariff as it is for the RHI Premium Payment, so people are assured of this continued support. Alternatively, the Government should allow homeowners who do not meet the criteria a chance to implement any necessary changes and reapply."

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