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Published: 09/04/2015

DECC Heat Pump Roadshows

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is holding training roadshows up and down the country this summer. If you’re thinking about installing a heat pump in your home or business premises, these one-day courses could be ideal for you.

The aim of the free heat pump training course is to help you to understand how the renewable technology can offer lower energy costs, improved comfort and better buildings. During the day long course you can learn about why to choose heat pumps, increase your knowledge of how they work and understand how you can finance a heat pump and access the RHI.

Roadshow dates and locations

The DECC heat pump roadshows will be held on:

●      Tuesday 16 June – London (non-domestic sector);

●      Thursday 18 June – London (domestic sector);

●      Tuesday 23 June – Glasgow (both);

●      Wednesday 24 June – Newcastle (both);

●      Wednesday 1 July – Exeter (both);

●      Thursday 2 July – Cardiff (both);

●      Tuesday 7 July – Manchester (both); and

●      Wednesday 8 July – Birmingham (both).


Each course lasts from 9.30am to 5pm, and although the exact locations haven’t yet been announced the organisers state that they’ll be in a central location that’s easy to access. The DECC hopes to have heat pump demonstration equipment available for you to see. You can book a place online or by calling 020 8469 1333.

The heat pump roadshows are suitable for those who may be eligible for both the Domestic and Non-Domestic RHI.

Domestic RHI

The Domestic RHI is available to homeowners, private and social landlords who install eligible renewable heating systems into their homes in England, Wales and Scotland. The scheme is open to all eligible consumers and offers quarterly payments over seven years, based on the output of your heat pump.

There are various eligibility criteria for the Domestic RHI. One of which is that your renewable heating system must only heat one single property that is able to obtain a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC is included as part of the Green Deal Assessment that’s a requirement for most people to join the scheme.

The Domestic RHI has been designed to encourage homeowners to save money and reduce carbon emissions. Although all eligible consumers can apply, those with homes that are not on the gas grid are likely to benefit more. Click here for more information on the Domestic RHI.

Non-Domestic RHI

The Non-Domestic RHI was available first. It’s designed to help businesses, public sector and non-profit organisations pay for installing heat pumps and other renewable technologies that can lower their energy costs in the long term and reduce their carbon emissions. The types of premises that might be eligible for the Non-Domestic RHI include hospitals, schools, factories and organisations with district heating systems where one heating system serves multiple homes.

Payments for the Non-Domestic RHI are made over 20 years and are based on the heat output of your system. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible, visit the Ofgem website.