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Barker announces new RHI funding

An extra £150,000 of funding for the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) Voucher training scheme has been made available, according to Greg Barker MP – Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Barker announces new RHI funding

Barker made the announcement when he visited Grant Engineering UK in Devizes and viewed the company’s new Vecta domestic wood pellet boiler.

The domestic RHI Scheme is due to launch this Spring, giving householders the opportunity to earn money from heat generated by a renewable heating source. MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) is in place to ensure consumers buying renewable heating systems are safeguarded by consumer protection schemes covering both the products and performance in addition to the quality of product and service installation.

The challenge for both government and industry is to make the path to access RHI funding as simple as possible and beneficial to all concerned.

The minister said: “Today’s announcement is a positive reflection on the industry’s enthusiasm for the Government’s push towards renewable heating. I am delighted to announce this additional funding, which should be taken as yet another sign of DECC’s commitment to renewable heating and the imminent arrival of the domestic RHI this spring. By incorporating renewable heating into the businesses of many off-gas grid installers, consumers unsure about their next heating system will be able to more easily access knowledgeable, trusted sources of advice in their home.”

Paul Wakefield, Grant Engineering UK’s managing director said: “We are delighted to have met with the minister today and the additional RHI voucher training funding is very welcome news. As a business we always look to drive the industry forward and are taking great strides in educating individuals and implementing these new initiatives. Our ethos has always been to design and manufacture products that are energy efficient and reduce heating costs, which is no more apparent than with the new Grant Vecta.”

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