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New renewables funding framework could unlock work windfall for contractors

PTS and City Plumbing Supplies are launching a ground-breaking new funding framework at Ecobuild for renewable heating, which could result in a substantial surge in work for contractors from social housing providers.

Andrew Harrison, Deputy CEO Plumbing and Heating Division, says HeatRHIght will introduce a whole new level of demand for renewables.
Andrew Harrison, Deputy CEO Plumbing and Heating Division, says HeatRHIght will introduce a whole new level of demand for renewables.

The innovative HeatRHIght scheme gives social housing providers an upfront lump sum that contributes to the capital cost of retrofitting air and ground source heat pumps.

With more than four million social homes across the UK, HeatRHIght introduces significant new opportunities for skilled installers by removing financial barriers that have historically prevented registered providers from investing in renewable heating. 

The scheme works by trading seven years of government-funded Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments for an upfront lump sum. The size of any payment will depend on the technology used and heat demand required, but will typically provide between 40 per cent and 100 per cent of installation costs.

Andrew Harrison, Deputy CEO Plumbing & Heating Division, said: “We know social housing providers want effective, sustainable heating, but they don’t always have the capital they need. HeatRHIght solves that problem. With funding available upfront, clients can commission retrofit projects with confidence, which will introduce a whole new level of demand for renewables installers.”

To accompany the launch, the companies will host other business speakers in the Energy and HVAC district of the Ecobuild show, running workshops addressing heat pump funding solutions, solar PV and battery storage funding solutions. Those attending the workshops will need to book their space in advance of the conference. Spaces are given on a first-come first-served basis.

HeatRHIght has been structured according to specialist legal advice to ensure full compliance with the RHI.

To attend the workshops, register at www.cityplumbing.co.uk/Ecobuild-2018

PTS and City Plumbing Supplies will be exhibiting at Ecobuild on stand B145 from 6-8 March at ExCeL London.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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