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Renewable Heat Incentive launched

The long-awaited launch of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive became a reality on 1 August, following the recent confirmation of details by DECC.

Initially aimed at commercial, off gas users, consumers are also able to claim one-off payments from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme.

The government has allocated £15 million to the Premium Payment scheme that will run until March 2012, unless the funding is used up before this date.

Social housing landlords have also been included, with £3m set aside from the total for the improvement of social housing stock.

The scheme is expected to support up to 25,000 installations of renewable technology, with home owners required to participate in surveys to record their opinions, assisting the government in improving its understanding of renewable heat technologies.

Those applying for grants will be required to have insulated their homes.

The RHPP scheme will be run by the Energy Saving Trust and is open to those living in England, Scotland or Wales.

Funding for solar thermal installation is available for any property, but only those not using mains gas can apply for grants towards heat pumps and biomass boilers.

To quality for funding, the equipment must be installed by installers with MCS or Solar Keymark certification.

The full RHI initiative, which will include tariff payments to consumers, is due to be launched in October 2012.


Grants available

Solar thermal - £300

Biomass boiler - £950

Air source heat pump - £850

Ground source heat pump - £1250