Will 2012 be the boom year for renewable energy?


Thanks to the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive, we’re predicting 2012 could be a boom year for the sector.

While confusion still reigns over the solar PV feed-in-tariff following a judicial review, the RHI programme is up and running for non-domestic installations and should be available for homeowners later this year.

Oil prices are unlikely to drop and gas and electricity prices are going up which means the sustainable alternative will prove even more attractive to prospective customers.

This week, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Professor David MacKay, has also spoken out about the financial value of renewable energy compared to traditional sources of power.

Professor MacKay has warned that continuing to rely on expensive imports of fossil fuels such as gas and coal would cost the equivalent of £4,682 per person per year – as well as missing the carbon reduction targets the UK has signed up to.

However, he has calculated that investing in renewable sources of energy would save £84 per person per year, bringing the cost down to the equivalent of £4,598.

But it is vital to ensure that the industry is ready to meet the demand. It has the technology, the capital equipment and the supply chain, but it needs the installers to acquire the relevant skills in order to cope with the anticipated rise in demand.

The customer also needs to know the small print surrounding the RHI, because only a handful of misinformed customers failing to get their RHI payments will generate a black cloud over everyone involved and the technology itself.

Just as ‘cowboy’ solar PV sales reps gave the industry a bad name by promising the effectiveness of panels on north facing roofs, the sector must work to ensure there is not a catalogue of horror stories of people spending money on equipment which isn’t suitable or correctly installed.

At Organic Energy, we work alongside committed installers, trained and accredited to the highest level. Our ÖkoFEN boilers are Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited too. Biomass boilers under 45kW must be MCS accredited and fitted by an installer who is also MCS accredited, in order to qualify for RHI payments.

What that means is that we’re already ready for the promising year we’re predicting. We’re passionate about our technology and its capabilities. We’re ahead of the game, with the innovative systems, expertise, accreditation and specialist knowledge in place now, to help guide customers through the renewable choices and incentives available. If you’d like to know more, give us a call.

Happy New Year!


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