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February 2017: Nicholls Boreholes On TV!

On 5th January 2017 Ben Nicholls, Director of Nicholls Boreholes was interviewed on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man presented by George Clarke. Read more>

January 2017: OFGEM Increase in Domestic RHI Tarriff

As Nicholls Boreholes is MCS accredited for Ground Source Heat Pumps, our customers are eligible to claim for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and OFGEM have confirmed the latest rates for the domestic RHI which will apply to applications submitted from 1st January 2017. Read more>

 

December 2016: Heat Pump Installation In Felpham, West Sussex

In conjunction with our sister company Nicholls Countryside Construction Limited, Nicholls Boreholes are installing a 16kW Nibe heat pump into a stunning new build property on the seafront at Felpham, West Sussex. Read more>

 

November 2016: Nicholls Boreholes Chosen by Rockbit UK

Nicholls Boreholes were chosen by Rockbit UK Limited to promote their services in the UK using one of our Massenza MI8 drilling rigs in the November 2016 issue of GeoDrilling International. Read more>

 


October 2016: Ground Source Heat Pump Installation for Vineyard in West Sussex

Nicholls Boreholes have just finished a project to design, supply and install a 38kW Vaillant Ground Source Heat Pump System for a Client who had purchased land in Ditchling, West Sussex to build a new house and create a vineyard. Read more>

 


SEPTEMBER 2016: Solar PV Panels Powering Water Borehole on a Farm in South Downs

Nicholls Boreholes were contacted by a livestock farm near Graffham, West Sussex to provide a quote for supplying and installing a 177 metre water borehole to provide irrigation for their land and a water supply for their livestock. Due to the farm being situated on the top of the South Downs in an isolated position and with a lack of electrical supply, the water borehole is powered using solar PV (photovoltaic) panels. Read more>

 


AUGUST 2016: Nicholls Boreholes install Stiebel Eltron 13kW open-loop Ground Source Heat Pump in West Sussex

Nicholls Boreholes install a Stiebel Eltron 13kW open-loop Ground Source Heat Pump System for large family home in West Sussex. This system provides both hot water and heating through the under floor heating and also heats the indoor/outdoor swimming pool.
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JULY2016: Nicholls Boreholes drill 205m deep steel lined water borehole for a private school.

Nicholls Boreholes have just finished installing a 205m deep steel lined water borehole for a top private school in Oxshott, Surrey.  Read more>

 

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JUNE 2016:   Nicholls Raising Money for British Heart Foundation

Nicholls Boreholes and Nicholls Countryside Countryside Construction Limited teamed up for the annual London to Brighton bike ride and raised a fantastic £805.00 for British Heart Foundation.  Read more>

 

photo for May 2016 newsMAY 2016:   176M WATER BOREHOLE IN SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK POWERED BY SOLAR PANELS

Nicholls Boreholes have just drilled and installed a 176m water abstraction borehole in the South Downs National Park which will be run off a solar panel system to be installed by Nicholls soon.  This was for a private Client who wanted a private water supply for his livestock.

 

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APRIL 2016:  OFGEM INCREASE IN DOMESTIC & NON-DOMESTIC RHI TARRIFF

As Nicholls Boreholes is MCS accredited for Ground Source Heat Pumps, their customers are eligible to claim for the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and OFGEM have confirmed the latest rates for the domestic and non-domestic RHI which will apply to applications submitted from 1st April 2016.  Read more>

 

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MARCH 2016: NICHOLLS ATTEND GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMP TRAINING EVENT IN GERMANY

In March 2016, Stiebel Eltron held a 3 day Ground Source Heat Pump training event in Holzminden, Germany and as approved suppliers Nicholls Boreholes were invited to attend.  This included Ben Nicholls, Managing Director and Tom Giersz, Design Engineer.  Read more>

 

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FEBRUARY 2016: GSHPS SERVICE AGREEMENT FOR EAST SUSSEX HOLIDAY PROPERTY

Following the installation of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems (GSHPs) for a rural holiday development at Robertsbridge, on the East Sussex/Kent border, the client asked Nicholls Boreholes to put in place annual service … Read more>

The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)

A CHANCE TO GET PAID FOR INVESTING IN RENEWABLE HEATRenewable Heat Incentive

The Department of Energy and Climate Change announced the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on the 9th of April 2014. This will allow significant financial support to be available for all eligible GSHPs installed after the 15 July 2009, radically reducing the time it takes to recover your initial capital investment. Systems installed using accredited equipment after 15th July 2009 will be eligible to join the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. This scheme will be available to households, business, local authorities, industrial premises and social housing.

SO WHAT’S CHANGED FOR GSHP?

We are delighted to bring you the exciting news that the Energy Minister Greg Barker has confirmed the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive has been signed into law and has now been launched!

Following extensive industry input, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published its long awaited consultation for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Phase 2 for Domestic properties. The proposal suggests quarterly payments to be made to homeowners over a 7 year period for each kWh of the expected lifetime of the renewable technology, based on deemed heat usage. Targeting approximately a rate of return of 12% p.a. on the additional capital cost of installing GSHP. RHI payments will be claimed by and paid directly to the owner of the equipment based on a deemed or standard calculation basis for small to medium installations. Large installations are likely to be assessed on an individual case basis. To find out more about this publication from the DECC please click here.

Installers and equipment used must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Payments will be calculated on the deemed annual heat output, in kilowatt hours, that your GSHP would normally provide. This will allow the homeowner to receive a set amount and should encourage low energy consumption whilst discouraging wasteful over production of heat.

PROPOSED INCENTIVE TARIFFS

Ground source heat pumps have a tariff set at 18.8p/kWh. The tariff has been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 7 years for domestic properties and 20 years for commercial properties. Payments will be made on a quarterly basis. This tariff will take into account inflation and will reduce each year for new projects added to the scheme depending on demand.

All of the information included is based on the original consultation document published in February 2010 and is subject to change.

Like to know more? Contact us now and we can explain the RHI and how it might apply to your proposed project.

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