Nu-Heat wonders why the winner of The Apprentice was advised against the renewables market

Joseph Valente

This year’s The Apprentice winner, Joseph Valente, is a young plumber who set out with a vision of expanding his business into the renewables market. He showed drive and passion for our industry but was advised to steer clear of renewables by experts, instead focusing on smart technologies. We can’t help but wonder, why?

The advice and comment given on the show was interesting, arguing that these eco-friendly, efficient and sustainable solutions are “not that big in the UK” and that smart controls would be a better investment. It’s a contrast to recent figures from Ofgem which show that over 30,000 heat pumps, biomass, and solar thermal systems were installed in the first year of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI), and this doesn’t take other installations such as PV into account. You could argue that the smart stat and controls market is far more saturated with some very big players including Heatmiser, Nest and Hive. Adrian, Nu-Heat’s Marketing Director, explains further:

“There has never been a better time to start installing renewable technologies. This is in part due to the confirmation that the RHI will continue until at least 2021, acting as a huge financial incentive for homeowners to consider an alternative, more environmentally-friendly way to heat their home.

“Whilst it’s true that the yellow tape surrounding renewables can make it tricky for plumbing & heating engineers to install some of these technologies, there is support available to make this far easier. MCS accreditation can be costly, but experienced suppliers can take on this work, dealing with all of the paperwork and even visiting site to commission a system to ensure they meet the strict guidelines required for RHI payments. This allows every plumber to install renewable technologies to the highest standard without the worry, or cost, of MCS.”

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Everything you need to know about heat pumps

Everything you need to know about heat pumps

We’ve produced a new video providing all the information you need to know about air and ground source heat pumps. Technical Account Manager, Rachel Roberts, who has over 17 years’ experience with heat pumps and integrated underfloor heating systems, talks through the products and their benefits.

This video answers the most commonly asked questions we hear, covering:

  • What is a heat pump? (0:12)
  • Choosing the right heat pump (0:48)
  • Is a heat pump right for your project? (2:35)
  • Choosing the right heating system (3:44)
  • Other renewable solutions (4:17)

I’m interested in installing a heat pump! What are the next steps?

» Use our online heat pump selector tool to find out if a heat pump is suitable for your project

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» Call our team on 01404 549770 to discuss your project requirements

Good news for the RHI following the Government’s Spending Review

There has been a fair amount of speculation on the future of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) over recent months, so many were pleased when Government confirmed that they are committed to the RHI until at least 2021.

The outcome of the recent Spending Review was a positive move with the Government continuing to fund the RHI as an incentive for homeowners, with the aim of encouraging many to opt for an efficient and eco-friendly way to heat their home.

This announcement is great news for anyone currently looking to install a renewable technology such as a heat pump, solar thermal, or biomass, in their home as they can apply for funding with certainty that the scheme will continue to run. The RHI offers a tangible benefit with the tariffs helping to offset the cost of system installation

The continuation of the RHI is also good news for installers. By backing such an appealing incentive we can expect the interest in renewable solutions to grow, bringing more work of this type to installers across the country.

Useful resources

You can find out a bit more about heat pumps and solar thermal through our list of useful resources:

» Heat pump selector tool
» Ground source heat pumps
» Air source heat pumps

Nu-Heat also offers a range of MCS support packages for installers, ensuring any plumbing & heating engineer is able to install a renewable system that complies with strict MCS guidelines, qualifying for the RHI. Call us on 01404 549770 for more info.


RHI tariffs

When opting for a ground source heat pump (GSHP), you could receive around £15,000 back in tariff payments over the 7 years period thanks to the RHI.

Current RHI tariff rates (December 2015)

RHI Tariff payment
pence / kWh
Possible RHI payments over 7 years using Nu-Heat renewable technologies*
*An average two-bedroomed house, using 15,000kWh of heating per year with a SPF of 3.4 on GSHP and 2.7 on ASHP.
Solar thermal based on average 3-bedroomed, 4-person household using 49,640 litres of hot water p.a.
May 2014.