However, less than six months into the scheme, the government scrapped it, leaving the UK without a plan for tackling one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. “Anyone who has had an application accepted will receive any money owed,” according to media reports, “but no new applications will be accepted after the end of this month.”
In late March 2021, the government said that an extra £300 million would be directed towards helping people on low incomes gain access to energy efficiency improvements through local authorities. Ground Heat will continue to deliver measures in the local authority delivery part of the scheme.
Ground Heat met all the stringent criteria, including being certified to install energy efficiency measures, and registered to take part in the scheme. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to work and help our customers complete their projects. We are allowed to continue projects in people’s homes during the national lockdown as long as we follow the general COVID-19 guidelines.
Meeting and surpassing technical credentials
On Thursday, 4 March 2021, Ground Heat maintained its Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). We have been accredited with MCS and the Renewable Energy Consumer Code since November 2011 and Gas Safe since 2006. Our Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSiP) Safe Contractor status is renewed annually through a rigorous process of scheme checks that ensure that we meet requirements around health and safety, equal opportunities, diversity and environmental management practices.
The technical criteria pertain to a company being certified for installation against publicly available specification (PAS) standards including PAS 2030:2017, PAS 2030:2019 and PAS 2035:2019. Ground Heat is also accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. We are also MCS certified as an installer of low-carbon-heat systems such as heat pumps.
“The accreditations achieved by Ground Heat, combined with admission to the Green Homes Grant scheme, are testament to the earnest and proficient work carried out by Ground Heat engineers over the past years. We are immensely proud of this achievement. It also means we can work through the current lockdown and ensure we supply our customers with exactly what they need,” said Ground Heat Director Jackie Thompson.
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