Builders' Merchants News

Renewables: ready, poised - and waiting...

Published:  02 March, 2011

LONDON: Sales of renewable products are being hindered by government dithering, according to leading figures in the UK heating industry. At the Ecobuild show yesterday...

John Kendrick, director of the Northampton-based Sustainable Heating Company said delays to the Renewable Heating Incentive and ongoing indecision over the Feed-in Tariff rate are costing the heating industry millions of pounds.

The warning comes in the wake of the Coalition Government;s refusal to provide a firm timetable for implementation of the RHI after initially promising that it would commence in June 2011.

Speaking at Ecobuild Neil Schofield, head of Government and external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group added that renewables were facing a crisis. "There is now no chance that the June start for RHI will be met. We can't sell without details of the tariffs, accurate timescales and a clear indication of whether, as promised, payments will be backdated to July 2009.

"All this is causing enormous confusion for the UK's installer base. How can you accurately cost a job or give a customer an accurate return on investment calculation? How can an installer make a decision about which renewables training course to go on when it is not even clear which renewable technologies will be covered by RHI? We need clarity and urge DECC to bring some order to the market as a mater of urgency."