UK renewables company sees increased demand in wake of domestic RHI

Renewable technologies company Stiebel Eltron has seen a “surge in enquiries” since the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme almost four months ago.
UK renewables company sees increased demand in wake of domestic RHI

Stiebel Eltron UK has observed promising signs that the shot in the arm provided by the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is starting to have an impact. In particular, the company headquarters in the Wirral has seen an increase in the number of calls received from installers about their range of air and ground source heat pumps.

Both technologies are eligible for payments under the domestic RHI, as are solar thermal systems that provide hot water and biomass boilers that burn wood pellets.

“There is no question we have seen a surge in enquiries from our network of installers across the UK who, in turn, are receiving a greater number of calls from end users” said Mark McManus, Managing Director of Stiebel Eltron UK. “One important reason for this is the new products we have recently launched into the market, providing the most up-to-date and innovative heat pump technology. But alongside this there is no doubt that the introduction of the domestic RHI has played a part in raising awareness of the many benefits for homeowners and self-builders of designing and installing the right renewable energy strategy.”

Mr McManus added that the scheme allows households that have already installed eligible renewable technologies to receive the subsidy payments, but it will now also make the uptake of these technologies particularly appealing to those with properties off the gas grid, reliant on oil or electricity for heating. The potential financial and carbon savings are substantial for those harnessing these technologies under the domestic RHI.

The company released its new range of next generation ground source heat pumps in June. The brine-water WPF and WPC products are intended to replace current versions already on the market and they offer installers and end users a number of additional benefits. They have a higher coefficient of performance (CoP) of 5.0, are significantly quieter in their operation and are easier to install due to the integration of expansion vessels, soft starter, pressure hoses and circulation pump. They can also take advantage of the company’s new Internet Service Gateway which allows users to adjust settings via a smartphone, tablet or PC.

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