Industrial / Agricultural
Both ground and air source heat pumps are ideal for farm and industrial businesses.
They can significantly reduce heating costs, generate a new income stream and cut your carbon footprint. They are ideal for providing heating for everything from farm houses to animal houses, and warehouses to greenhouses.
The most profitable renewable energy option
Government incentives for switching to ground and air source heat pumps remain at generous levels. The government will pay you to change to a ground or air source heat pump through the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI will pay you for up to 20 years and you will receive quarterly payments, linked to the RPI. This means you can turn your heating system into an additional income, rather than a cost.
Lower fuel bills
On top of RHI payments, a ground or air source heat pump will reduce your heating bills because less energy is needed to generate the same amount of heat. You will also be shielded long term from the volatility in fossil fuel prices, which, when rising, can generate a considerable extra cost to a business.
Ground and air source heat pumps offer the best payback of any renewable heating system. Payback will vary depending on the size and complexity of your installation, but a typical installation could show a payback on its entire cost within five years, with the RHI continuing to provide another 15 years of income at no cost to you.
Ability to maintain the use of the land
The collector loop of a ground source heat pump is installed approximately 1.2 metres below the surface of the land. This gives you the ability to earn money from below the ground while still using the land for crops, grazing, storage etc. Air source heat pumps do not require a collector loop. This makes for a cheaper installation and means they are ideal for smaller buildings.
Long term reliability
As a heat pump does not involve any form of combustion, it should be expected to last much longer than a traditional boiler and will require less maintenance. We would expect an air source heat pump to last between 15 to 20 years and a ground source system to last more than 30 years. An average condensing boiler, on the other hand, is likely to last only between seven and 10 years.
Reduced carbon footprint
Heat pumps generate much lower CO2 emissions than conventional heating systems.
Save money and get paid to switch
Renewable heating is not only proven to significantly reduce energy bills: you will also get paid to switch through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). These incentive payments are available in two schemes – domestic for homeowners and commercial for business owners. Use our calculator to see how much you could expect to save on your current heating bills, and discover what you could earn through the RHI.