Boiler firm calls for clarity on UK’s Renewable Heat Incentive

14th Feb 2011

An industry leading gas boiler and renewable product manufacturer has voiced its concerns that the delay of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) could prove a hindrance.

Vokèra combi and system boilersVokèra believes the delay of the Government’s RHI could potentially create more difficulties for the renewables sector. If the scheme sees prolonged delays Vokèra feels it may put installers off the opportunities to work with low carbon technologies.

The RHI will be introduced in 2011 and is expected to start in June. However, the full details of how the scheme will run may not be known until 2012.

Commenting in the publication Plumbzine, Robert Lockhart, commercial and renewables sales manager at Vokèra, said:“The heating industry is facing challenging times with rapidly changing technologies and legislation. While the Government seems to have good intentions in trying to drive the uptake of renewables, the delay of this scheme is yet again another blow for manufacturers, installers and homeowners.

“We work closely with our installers and the feedback we receive is that they simply want to start recommending and fitting renewables technologies, and the RHI is going to be an integral part of this happening. Vokèra is concerned that the delay in launching the RHI scheme will have an impact on the uptake of renewables and the subsequent carbon reduction commitments.

“Vokèra is calling for clarity on the RHI and a steady flow of information from the government, to alleviate turbulence for the industry.”

Mr Lockhart added: “We are all waiting with anticipation to see what will happen with the RHI and we hope that things move quickly to assist the growth and progression of the renewables industry.”