How will the new EU ErP directive impact heat pump RHI?
Posted by Helena Ripley on 26 August 2015 at 11:10 am
A new EU Directive the ‘Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive’ will come into force on 26 September 2015. This will affect the eligibility of homeowners with heat pumps to receive payments from the renewable heat incentive (RHI) grant. This directive will set a minimum performance standard for heat pumps which will rise over time. It will also mean that the efficiency of heat pumps is clearly labelled and easy to compare.
From 26 September 2015 all new heat pumps need to be ErP compliant. These heat pumps will undergo a seasonal co-efficient of performance (SCOP) test which will determine the efficiency of the heat pump at two temperatures. These efficiencies will be shown a product label that will come with all ErP compliant products. There will still be older heat pumps that are not ErP compliant on the market, these will be still be eligible for Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and RHI until 26 March 2016.
After 25 March 2016 in order to be eligible for MCS and RHI your heat pump will need to be ErP compliant and come with a product label. Older heat pumps will still be sold and installed but these will not be eligible for RHI so bare this in mind if you are planning to buy a heat pump after this date.
ErP compliant heat pumps will also come with package labels, these will be provided by the supplier or installer of the heat pump. These will show the efficiency of the installed heat pump system as a whole.
Homeowners who already have a heat pump that is receiving RHI or will have one by 26 March 2016 won’t be affected by any of these changes.
Manufacturers and suppliers of heat pumps will be affected by the directive as of 26 September 2015.
More information about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on YouGen
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