South west leads drive to renewable heat

New figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) show the south west is leading the switch from oil to renewable forms of heating such as biomass boilers and heat pumps.

The figures show the south west was the best performing region in Britain under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme which is aimed at commercial premises. The south west accounted for 20% of all applications; the next best performing English region was the west midlands, with just 10%.

The government is extending the Renewable Heat Incentive to domestic properties in spring 2014, enabling south west homeowners to see how switching from oil to renewable heating could cut their bills.

The new technologies are being featured at the major energy event in the south west, Renewable Energy Marketplace, on 8 April at Westpoint, Exeter. The show attracts over 100 exhibitors of energy technologies and 1,500 visitors.

Tim Crook, Renewable Heat Project Manager at Regen SW said:

“It’s great news that the south west is leading the switch to renewable technologies like biomass boilers, solar thermal panels and heat pumps. Landowners, businesses and homeowners can find out all about these technologies can cut their energy bills at Renewable Energy Marketplace on 8 April at Westpoint.

Regen has worked with partners for over 5 years to develop and promote skilled local businesses that can help homeowners and businesses switch from oil to renewable heat. These figures are evidence that by working together, the south west can lead the switch to renewables – bringing huge benefits such as lower bills and new jobs.”