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  • Q: Will my heat pump qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive?

    A: You may be able to receive payments for the heat you generate using a heat pump through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which should be launched domestically in Autumn 2012. Prior to this you may be able to get help with the installation costs of a ground source heat pump through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme.

    The RHI is already available for ground source heat pumps in the industrial, commercial and public sectors. Visit the Energy Saving Trust website for up to date information.

  • Q: Do I need planning permission for my heat pump?

    A: Both ground and air source heat pump systems are classed as Permitted Development provided that they comply with certain criteria – check the Energy Saving Trust website for more details on the criteria.
  • Q: Do I have enough space to fit in a heat pump?

    A: Properties with a garden or chunk of land can look to use ground loop systems for their heat pump, whilst if space is at a premium then borehole drilling straight down into the ground can be considered. If this is not possible air source heat pumps can be fitted internally or externally into utility rooms with little fuss – they are probably not as big as you think!
  • Q: Can I fit a heat pump in an old property?

    A: Absolutely. Retro-fitting heat pumps can often be a simple and straight forward procedure, although you should ensure the property is well insulated to reduce your heat loss in the building.
  • Q: Is a heat pump only for providing energy for heating?

    A: No – some systems can also provide a cooling function for hot summer days.
  • Q: Does Solar PV still work if it’s not sunny?

    A: Solar panel electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate electricity on a cloudy day, even in the winter months.
  • Q: How is Solar PV different from Solar Thermal?

    A: Solar PV produces electricity while solar thermal systems heat your hot water. Like solar PV, solar thermal systems use panels called collectors, fitted to your roof or alternatively on an a-frame to a plot of land you have. These collect heat from the sun and use it to heat up water which is stored in a hot water cylinder. A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back up to heat the water further to reach the temperature you want.
  • Q: Can I use more than one renewable energy system?

    A: Yes you can! Depending on your property there are various benefits of combining renewable energy systems – as an example heat pumps are often used alongside Solar Thermal systems to supplement the hot water requirements, thus saving more energy and costs. CB Renewables can guide you through the options available to best suit your energy needs.
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