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Are thermodynamic panels eligible for the RHI?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 12 May 2014 at 9:05 am

Q: Are thermodynamic panels for hot water and central heating included in the renewable heat incentive (RHI)? I installed the panels last summer on the understanding it was close to being authorised and that it would be backdated.

A:It sounds as if your installer was misleading you. It is true that the MCS is considering standards for accrediting thermodynamic panels. However, there is no guarantee that they will be accredited. If they are, there is no guarantee that they will eligible for the RHI. If they are eligible, there is no guarantee that installations that pre-date the standards will be included.

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, and hope for your sake that you do get the RHI. However, anyone considering an installation and wanting to receive RHI should wait for an announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change saying that thermodynamic panels are an eligible technology before they install.

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Cathy Debenham

Cathy DebenhamComment left on: 23 May 2014 at 11:16 am

I just noticed that RYLAN123 has had a similar experience. He says: 

"I have fitted a thermodynamic panel, this works well and am saving on gas for the water heating. However, I was sold this on the basis of rhi payments. At present this technology is not approved for the rhi payments. Have other users of this technology been sold the panel with RHI payments being mentioned? I am considering taking the installer to the small claims court for the cost of the unit."

We'd also be very interested to hear of any others of you who have been missold on the RHI - and what if anything you're doing about it.

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