Many operations within the agricultural industry could potentially gain from the installation of an air source heat pump (ASHP) or ground source heat pump (GSHP). Renewable energy technologies such as ASHPs and GSHPs, qualify for the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which offers a financial reward to companies that install renewable energy equipment. This makes the installation of heat pumps an attractive business proposition.
An ASHP can be used for dual purpose, for example, to heat poultry sheds in winter and to cool them in the summer months. An ASHP installed on a dairy farm could be used to chill the milk produced, whilst at the same time providing hot water for the dairy or domestic use. ASHPs can be used to replace oil, LPG or electric boilers for many other heating applications within the farming industry.
Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are ideal for anyone with over 500 square meters of land. A GSHP retrieves solar energy stored in the ground via an underground pipe. It can then be used to heat radiators or under floor heating as well as providing hot water and GSHPs offer consistently high efficiency all year round.
Some ASHPs and GSHPs are eligible under the RHI scheme launched in November 2011. In addition to a grant towards the cost on installation RHI offers non-domestic users a financial incentive for eligible renewable energy technologies for the lifetime of the installation up to a maximum of 20 years.
The RHI scheme is being implemented by Ofgem and, once accredited, your installation will be assigned a tariff level according to the type of technology (ie heat pump, biomass) and size. Payments begin to accrue from the date of accreditation of the installation and are based on the actual heat output of the system. For more information visit www.ofgem.gov.uk/e-serve/RHI.