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DECC release latest RHI figures

The latest figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) show that from April to July 2014, 7,418 homes have applied for payments under the domestic RHI.

Looking at the non-domestic RHI figures, which has been running for longer, a big majority (93%) of applications are for biomass boilers.

The domestic RHI figures however, show 37% of people are applying for payments for an air source heat pump. The next most popular is solar thermal (25%), and then biomass systems (22%) and ground source heat pumps (16%).

Plumb and Parts Center head of sustainability Tim Pollard said: “It’s still very early days as the domestic RHI only went live on 9 April this year, but even in this short period of time there’s a lot we can read into.

“It’s interesting to look at the breakdown of new applications, which shows biomass (43%), ASHP (32%), Solar Thermal (20%), GSHP (5%).

“Geography is also important. Renewables are particularly appealing in off-grid areas as the people there don’t have access to the cheapest energy, gas. This is reflected in the figures for both the domestic and non-domestic RHI, where most applications have come from the South West and Scotland; with the West Midlands and South East providing the next biggest numbers.”

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