Installers can now claim energy saving credit of up to €713 including VAT when they install an air to water heat pump into an existing dwelling by registering with their ESC Section and completing a simple claim form for each installation.
This new initiative goes hand in hand with the SEAI Better Energy Homes programme which incentivises home- owners to upgrade their heating system by offering grant assistance to the value of €3,500. This is seen as an integral part of the Government’s recently announced Climate Action Plan, with the objective being to achieve significant carbon savings.
According to a recent communication by SEAI, the Government foresees the installation of 400,000 heat pumps in the next 10 years. This is a huge business opportunity for anyone working in the sector. SEAI went on to emphasise that it is essential that the system is properly sized and meets the required efficiencies in order for carbon savings to be made. If this requirement is not met, the home-owner will not receive the grant and the Energy Saving Credit will not be payable.
The Heat Merchants Technical Services team will design a heating system featuring a Panasonic Air to Water heat pump that will meet the standards specified by SEAI for both new builds and retrofit situations. This design will be covered by professional indemnity insurance, giving peace of mind to both installers and home-owners. In order for home-owners to avail of the grant they must complete an assessment by a registered technical advisor who will provide an XML file together with the house plans, including elevations, cut sections or adequate sketches and a listing of existing radiators to enable the design engineers to complete a bespoke design for each property.
The Heat Merchants Technical Design team can offer advice and guidance to installers throughout the process and in order to assist installers with the grant application process, they will complete all calculations and technical information on the designer/installer tab of the SEAI file for the grant application which can in turn be signed off by the installer. This expertise will ensure the design and application are straightforward and as easy as possible for the installer.
As this represents a massive opportunity for installers, Heat Merchants is offering installer training on the Panasonic range of heat pumps which is available free of charge in its Training Centre in Athlone. In addition, the company is running information sessions on the retrofit requirements in locations throughout the country over the coming months. Contact Heat Merchants for details of the Energy Saving Credit scheme or to register for installer training.