Additional funding & product preview – Minister Greg Barker visits Grant
Additional funding & product preview – Minister Greg Barker visits Grant

Greg Barker – Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle visited Grant Engineering (UK) Ltd announcing an additional £150,000 of funding for the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) Voucher training scheme.

The minister had a tour of the renewable heating manufacturers’ facility, viewing their training academy and was able to have an early preview of the new Grant Vecta condensing wood pellet biomass boiler being unveiled at Ecobuild in March.

The domestic RHI Scheme is due to launch this Spring providing consumers with the opportunity to earn money from heat generated by a renewable heating source. DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) will be running events across the country to promote and educate both installers and consumers with an original investment of £500,000 aimed at raising the skill set of domestic heating engineers enabling them to install and maintain renewable heating systems. This has been further enhanced today with the Ministers announcement.

MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) is in place to ensure consumers buying renewable heating systems are safeguarded by consumer protection schemes covering both the products and performance in addition to the quality of product and service installation.

The challenge for both government and industry is to make the path to access RHI funding as simple as possible and beneficial to all concerned.

Grants training partner GTEC, represented at today’s event by Griff Thomas, Managing Director, has already received government funding under the RHI voucher training scheme and will support Grant in the programme with their facility based in North Yorkshire.

Minister Gregory Barker presented David Croker of Croker Partnerships Ltd, a local installer with a voucher for the RHI training scheme.

Continuing the Ministerial visit, Grant had the opportunity to showcase their new compact wood pellet condensing boiler, design for the domestic market, the Grant Vecta. This will be launched at Ecobuild, the world’s leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment.

Paul Wakefield, Managing Director said “We are delighted to have met with the minister today and the additional funding is very welcome news. As a business we always look to drive the industry forward and are taking great strides in educating and implementing these new initiatives. Our ethos has always been to design and manufacture products that are energy efficient and reduce heating costs which is no more apparent than with the new Grant Vecta.”

Minister Barker said “Today’s announcement is a positive reflection on the industry’s enthusiasm for the government’s push towards renewable heating. I am delighted to announce this additional funding, which should be taken as yet another sign of DECC’s commitment to renewable heating and the imminent arrival of the domestic RHI this spring. By incorporating renewable heating into the businesses of many off-gas grid installers, consumers unsure about their next heating system will be able to more easily access knowledgeable, trusted sources of advice in their home”

Claire Perry, MP for the Devizes Constituency also attended the event added “Energy costs are a real concern for householders and I welcome these efforts to make these renewable technologies more affordable and accessible. I am particularly excited about the innovation of the new Grant Vecta as I feel this will change consumers’ lives dramatically, and only for the better. I would also like to thank Grant for their generous donation of a boiler to a local charity project close to my heart, Sunflowers at Grafton, a community run, not-for-profit childcare organisation.”