The Renewable Heat Incentive has made a difference to the popularity of biomass. However, the launch of the domestic RHI has created a problem for a substantial group of homes that are not eligible, be it domestic or commercial.
These homes are some of Britain’s biggest, most wealthy and most suited to taking advantage of biomass.
Rural country homes that are currently spending thousands on oil often have their own managed woodland which makes them ideal candidates for wood heating.
Unfortunately, the domestic RHI stops at 45 kW, which is not enough for many of these types of properties that need bigger heating systems.
The commercial RHI would be a better fit but if a building is deemed “domestic” then it does not qualify.
Many large houses would benefit from the RHI. For example, many stately homes are struggling with the spiralling cost of maintenance, heating and lighting.
Inheritors of these properties are often obligated to keep their family estates running, but without the means to do so.
The RHI has been introduced as part of the UK’s strategy for reducing its carbon footprint.
These buildings have large carbon footprints and by not assisting them, the government is missing a real opportunity.
Simon Holden is co-founder at Euroheat