Danfoss comment on RHI announcement
Chris Dale, director of Danfoss, has commented on the latest delay to the Renewable Heat Incentive.Dale said, ‘This latest announcement by the government is disappointing for the industry, but not entirely unexpected, as there have been so many delays to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for domestic users over the past few years. The RHI is exactly what consumers and the industry need to significantly boost the uptake of low carbon technologies and this simply will not happen until the government makes it available to domestic users.
‘In these tough economic times, the average household is looking for the reassurance of a regular income from their renewable heating system to give them the confidence to buy. The RHPP being extended is a token gesture, but is not a significantly large saving to make renewable technologies affordable for the majority of people.
We are an industry which has invested heavily in training people over the past few years to become technically competent in heat pump installation. It would be a tragedy if these well qualified, hard working people found their livelihoods adversely affected, which could ultimately lead to loss of employment and key skills within the industry.
‘On a more positive note, at least the government has committed to a launch in 2014, but in an industry where delays have become a hallmark, this will bring little comfort.’