Derbyshire Dales MP and government chief whip Patrick McLoughlin, was special guest at a reception held at green solutions company The Renewable Shop, based in Matlock.
Guests also included John Youatt from Derbyshire Green Party, Derbyshire Eco Centre manager Cathy Cooke, rural business adviser, Lindsay Allen, from the Peak District National Park Authority, and Penny and Richard Bunting from environmental project Little Green Space.
The meeting between McLoughlin and The Renewable Shop follows discussions between the MP and the company over the government’s controversial proposals – ruled illegal by the Supreme Court last month – to reduce the Feed-in Tariff for solar power in recent months.
“We explained to Patrick that our local business had just expanded and that we had moved into a new warehouse to cope with the growing demand for renewable energy and green solutions. We were concerned that the drastic measures proposed by the Government could jeopardise our new venture,” said The Renewable Shop director, Tom Mastin.
“Since then, Patrick has shown a real interest in what we are doing. He arranged this visit to our showroom to show his support for green energy and local business. We hope that this is a positive sign that he is using his influence in government and as our MP to back much-needed investment in renewable energy.”
The Renewable Shop helps homeowners, businesses and the public sector to reduce their carbon footprints and to enjoy the benefits of investing in sustainable energy. The company installs a wide range of environmentally friendly products including solar panels, air and ground source heat pumps, under floor heating, and biomass boilers.
The company – which also offers complete working demonstrations of renewable energy systems in its showroom – was set up by Tom Mastin and Wayne Bradshaw, and was officially opened in January 2012.
“We are now fully functioning and installing a wide range of new green technologies that we hope the government will continue to support. Although the domestic renewable heat incentive payments have been delayed until next year, an interim voucher payment is in place to support installations in the interim. The renewable heat incentive payment scheme is currently open to non-domestic energy users. Payments last for 20 years and a new renewable heating system can be paid off in as little as 10 years, resulting in a further 10 years of government subsidy payments,” added Tom Mastin.
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