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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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