Installers are being encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities surrounding the recent launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) by leading certification body NICEIC.
Domestic RHI, which the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched in early April, gives private householders access to financial assistance if they convert their heating systems to green or more sustainable energy sources. These include Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP), Biomass, Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) or Solar Thermal Hot Water.
As with the Feed in Tariff, which deals with renewable electricity generating technologies, only those householders whose installation is carried out by an MCS approved installer fitting MCS approved products, will be able to access the financial incentives.
“RHI represents a massive opportunity for installers,” commented Paul Collins, Head of Operations at NICEIC, ”Particularly those in the heating and plumbing community who are looking to diversify their business into green technologies and increase their potential revenue streams in the renewable market.
“As the leading certification body for MCS we are seeing a growing number of heating and plumbing contractors join our Green Deal or Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) as there has never been a better time to look into the business opportunities provided by the RHI.”
To be eligible for the RHI householders will have to have a Green Deal assessment* and ensure their property meets the minimum energy efficiency rating so that it would benefit from Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP), Biomass, Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) or Solar Thermal technology.
So for those specialist companies who are already MCS and/or Green Deal/ECO certificated, or are looking to go that route, it is a potentially lucrative market.
NICEIC can offer a range of individual or group certification packages for contractors looking for MCS and Green Deal/ECO approval.
“The process to become MCS, or Green Deal and ECO certified has never been easier and our range of packages mean firms can gain certification for all three in one simple assessment,” added Collins.
For more information about NICEIC and MCS certification contact 0870 013 0382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Installer Online