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Renewable Heat Premium Payment drives need for training

Householders across the country could get up to £1,250 of government funding to help towards the cost of installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels.

The Government’s new £15 million ‘Renewable Heat Premium Payment’ scheme – which will open for applications on 1st August this year until March next year – will support up to 25,000 installations.

Under the scheme, all products and installers used must be certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) or Solar Keymark (or equivalent) for solar thermal products. This is a key reason why installers must ensure they do the right training from the offset in order to link into such schemes, says the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies.

“If installers want to take advantage of the business opportunities linked to incentives such as the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, they must ensure they undertake the right training if they are to be recognised by the MCS,” said Cathryn Hickey, interim director of the Skills Academy. “The training available via the Skills Academy has been developed to meet the needs of the MCS both now and in the future to help installers get the right qualification the first time, saving the need for additional training further down the line.”

More information about the Renewable Heat Premium Payment is available from the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The scheme is to be operated on behalf of the Government by the Energy Saving Trust.

To support the development the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council have produced a leaflet which should be used by installers to provide information to their domestic customers.

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