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Domestic RHI tariffs announced

The Department of Energy and Climate Change announced details surrounding the launch of the domestic version of the Renewable Heat Incentive today.

This has won praise from a number of companies and associations within the building services sector.

Heat Pump Association consultant Graham Hazell said that the scheme includes a number of significant improvements over the non-domestic version of the RHI.

“Unlike it’s predecessor RHPP, it will also be available to dwellings that are on the gas grid. Furthermore total payments will be related to predicted efficiency performance encouraging better practice and efficiencies,” he said.

The HPA will continue to press for additional technologies to be included and for greater tariff certainty, said Mr Hazell.

The Renewable Energy Association said consumers can now have certainty on the RHI.

The exclusion of new build projects means the government needs to set demanding carbon compliance standards in this year’s update to the Building Regulations.

The Solar Trade Association also welcome the announcement and said households with solar thermal systems will benefit by between £1,150 and £3,250, depending on the number of people in the home.

STA solar thermal working group chair Stuart Elmes described it as a “massive boost for the solar thermal market”.

Nibe managing director Phil Hurley said the update had been a “welcome injection of confidence”.

“Now that RHI tariffs are set, the industry has the tools it needs to go forth and educate the masses about the long term financial benefits of switching to renewable heat,” he said.

Kensa managing director Simon Lomax was less impressed, however: “Domestic RHI announcement made today, three and a half years after the initial consultation, and disappointingly short on detail.”