Thank you for contacting me about heat pumps.
I am particularly interested to hear from someone with knowledge of the heat pumps sector as one of the hardest things to decarbonise is heat and heat pumps are a great contribution to achieving net zero.
Support for the size of installations and the number of installations per property has to be got right. A close member of my family installed a ground source heat pump when they built their home and I know what a great contribution this has made to reducing their carbon footprint.
The argument for the 45kW cap is that this will target support where upfront costs are a particular barrier in transitioning to low-carbon heat. Typically, these installations are in households or small and medium-size enterprises. But I do recognise your concern that many bigger schemes need support too. I am sure you are aware that the consultation expressly seeks views on this very point.
In the recent Budget, the Chancellor announced a £270 million Green Heat Network Fund which will fund large-heat pumps, solar thermal installations and waste-heat recovery in heat networks between 2022 and 2025. I understand that the Government will be consulting later this year on scheme design which will offer the sector to make the case for supporting larger heat pump projects. You mention the efficiency of heat pumps and I am confident that with the right support they will play a massive role in Britain in decarbonising heat.
While we need to target incentives correctly, I agree this is best achieved by consulting with industry and I would encourage you to respond to both consultations directly.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP