MP’s energy talks

Energised: Pictured left-right: Tom Mastin, Jacob Johnson, Wayne Bradshaw, Patrick McLoughlin MP, Michael McAleer.
Energised: Pictured left-right: Tom Mastin, Jacob Johnson, Wayne Bradshaw, Patrick McLoughlin MP, Michael McAleer.

DALES MP Patrick McLoughlin added his support for a Tansley business by dropping in to speak with workers.

He was at The Renewable Shop on Brookfield Industrial Estate to discuss Government proposals to reduce the feed-in tariff for solar power.

The company installs solar panels, source heart pumps, underfloor heating and biomass boilers, and director Tom Mastin said: “We explained to Patrick that our local business had just expanded and that we had moved into a new warehouse to cope with the growing demand for renewable energy and green solutions. We were concerned that the drastic measures proposed by the Government could jeopardise our new venture.

“We hope that this is a positive sign that he is using his influence in Government and as our MP to back much-needed investment.”

The renewable heat incentive payment scheme is currently open to non-domestic energy users. Payments last for 20 years and a new renewable heating system can be paid off in as little as 10 years, resulting in a further 10 years of Government subsidy payments.