OFGEM has published a brief overview of the first 1,000 participants for the new domestic RHI.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) opened for applications on 9 April 2014 for homeowners across England, Scotland and Wales who install renewable heating technologies in their homes. This includes people who install those technologies as part of building their own homes (self-builders).
In the first seven weeks of opening, 1,000 installations were accredited on the scheme and the participants are now set to receive seven years of quarterly payments from the Government.
OFGEM found that the large majority of the first thousand applicants have installed air source heat pumps, followed by solar thermal hot water systems and biomass stoves or boilers.
Wood pellet stoves with boilers and freestanding boilers are a popular choice at this time. In the first seven weeks of the scheme 249 biomass installations were approved.
Around 43% of the first 1,000 scheme participants were originally using oil before switching to one of the renewable technologies qualifying for payments under the domestic RHI.