18 Mar 2011 10:03:05
Geothermal International: RHI gives businesses "green light"
Leading firm Geothermal International has welcomed the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), announced by energy secretary Chris Huhne last week.
Patrick Sherriff, marketing director of the firm, which has installed ground source heat systems capable of generating a total of 160MW, said the announcement has provided the "green light to businesses to move away from traditional carbon-hungry forms of heating".
The RHI intends increasing the number of renewable heat installations within commercial, industrial and public sector settings seven-fold by 2020, providing financial support through a system of tariffs, which vary depending on the type of technology installed.
Speaking on the benefits of ground source heat pumps, which will be covered by the RHI, he said under the right circumstances they are capable of reducing a building's carbon footprint by up to 50 percent.
However, he added: "There are many factors which can impact on the efficiency of a system and an intelligent and experienced approach is vital to get the best results."
Also welcoming the creation of the RHI was Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, who said it "should be much more effective than capital grants, as it rewards the production of renewable heat not just the installation of equipment".