Greg Barker MP, the minister of state for energy and climate change, praised merchants’ level of service during a visit to plumbers merchant PTS yesterday.
Barker was visiting PTS’s Renewables Centre at Aylesford and was particularly impressed with the speed at which products were delivered to customers once an order had been placed.
The process was explained to him by PTS managing director Ian Church when touring the branch, which features training facilities and a renewables consultancy service.
“It’s amazing how many consumer-facing companies cannot reproduce that [service],” he said. “…it’s extremely efficient.”
Barker also said that the soft launch of the Green Deal, with delays to the finance package announced this week, would be beneficial in the long run, and that a soft launch was always the intention for the scheme.
“We don’t want a big bang launch. We want to give it a chance to grow and change… We expect to go back to it and change it as we see how it develops.”
Barker visited the branch with local MP Tracey Crouch to promote the publication of three consultations on the RHI.
The scheme was launched for the non-domestic sector last year, and is set to launch for residential properties next summer. Key proposals include a range of tariff levels for different technologies including heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass, tariffs that provide a better return for people living off the gas grid and requirements linked to Green Deal assessments.
“Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating in industry and in our businesses,” said Barker.
“We have also set out our views on long term support for those who invest in low carbon kit in their homes and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.”