2014 is the year of renewables, says NAPIT


With the Green Deal scheme being simplified and starting to gather momentum, the domestic RHI launching in the Spring and renewables maintaining popularity in the UK, 2014 is the perfect year to expand into the renewables and energy efficiency markets, according to NAPIT.

The latest Green Deal statistics show 129,842 assessments have been carried out up to the end of December. This comes at a time when the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced that the scheme is to be improved and simplified for consumers. These proposed changes include launching a new online tool for consumers, improving the Green Deal Advice Report by making it clearer and introducing a £1000 stamp duty rebate for all new householders who make Green Deal approved energy efficiency improvements.

Managing director of NAPIT Certification, David Cowburn, said: “So much positivity is evident in these industries at the moment, it is quite likely that 2014 could be the year of renewables and energy efficiency. With Greg Barker announcing in parliament that he believes renewable heat installations will increase to approximately 35,000 installations in 2014-15, as a result of the domestic RHI scheme, this shows the government’s commitment.

“Therefore, now is a great time for installers to place themselves in the ideal position to take advantage of this by gaining the correct qualifications and becoming certified under MCS and Green Deal. A lot of business is set to be generated through renewables and energy efficiency measures in the coming year; installers are perfectly placed to reap the benefits.”