Over the last five years, Caplor Energy have been successfully installing heat pumps across Herefordshire and further afield. In that time, we’ve seen how demand for the technology has surged, as government policy has shifted to support sustainable energy solutions. In addition, increasing levels of familiarity in the minds of home and business owners, coupled with their desire to become more sustainable have inspired the confidence to make the change.
We’re on track to complete our 200th heat pump installation by the end of 2021, a landmark achievement for our dedicated team of renewable energy professionals. Of these installations, just over 50% will have taken place in 2021 alone, demonstrating not only our commitment to investing in our heat pump installation team, but also the level of confidence we have been able to generate in consumers thanks to our exceptional customer service, high satisfaction ratings and ongoing accreditation from major manufacturers including LG and Mitsubishi, currently the market-leaders in domestic heat pump technology.
Research commissioned by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), the standards organisation who certify renewable energy products, installers and installations, has found that heat pump installations for January to September 2021 were up by 120% from the same period in 2019. We’re pleased to report that our own growth has outstripped even these numbers, with our installation figures rising by 337.5% from 2019 to 2021.
This surge in demand has undoubtedly been facilitated by government policy. The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which opened in 2014 and closes in March 2022, sees homeowners receive quarterly payments proportionate to the amount of green, renewable heat produced by their systems.
While this scheme closes soon, it is being replaced by the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), which opens in April 2022 and will allow homeowners to benefit from a £5,000 grant towards the cost of installing low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps. With £450 million of funding available, the scheme will make contributions towards the costs of 90,000 installations across the UK. Naturally we welcome this positive step and look forwards to the announcement of further initiatives in support of the UK’s green energy transition that will see real benefits for homeowners.
While applications for the BUS aren’t yet open, we do know that installers must be MCS-certified to be eligible, that the grant will not be means-tested, and that funding will be delivered via a voucher mechanism, which the installer will apply for on behalf of their customers.
As an MCS-certified installer, Caplor Energy are primed and ready to receive new customers seeking to make use of the BUS, and would welcome any enquiries from homeowners, developers or businesses seeking to make a commitment to renewable heating in 2022 and beyond.
We are actively recruiting heat pump installation engineers to ensure we’re ready to meet future demand and continuing to invest in staff training that will enable us to maintain our position as a leading UK provider. In the words of one happy heat pump customer from this year, “The service and expertise shown by Caplor was excellent. The installation was very professional, and despite being nervous about switching from oil to an air source heat pump we should not have worried. The house is warm and we have plentiful hot water. Caplor quoted us some running costs and having had the unit for 12 months I can confirm that the costs were actually cheaper than anticipated. Very pleased indeed.”
As one of the first renewable energy businesses established and accredited with the MCS, Caplor Energy now have many years’ experience specialising in the design, installation and maintenance of a wide range of renewable energy systems across the UK. These includes solar PV, solar thermal, battery storage, electric vehicle charging and wind power, as well as heat pumps. Our aim is to support all our customers through knowledgeable, unbiased advice, quality products and reliable service in our quest for a greener, more sustainable economy that will provide a better environment for our future generations. These aims reflect guiding core values of being inspiring, sustainable and always looking to improve, and help us build meaningful relationships with our customers as we support and guide them throughout their renewable energy journey.