45 measures, including renewables, eligible for Green Deal from launch
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 11 June 2012 at 6:14 pm
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Renewable energy technologies will be included in the Green Deal it was announced today. While they are unlikely to meet the Golden Rule (the cost of installation can be paid back out of savings in energy bills) for many years yet, it will be possible to use Green Deal finance to help with the upfront cost of installation from the start of the scheme later this year.
"If a customer wishes to install a heat pump, or solar PV, they will be able to off-set the cost with Green Deal finance up to the level of estimated savings for those measures in their property," say the guidelines on which measures are eligible.
It adds that green deal finance can work together as a package with the renewable heat incentive (RHI) and feed-in tariff (FITs).
"We envisage organisations marketing energy efficiency, renewable heat and energy generation products together as packages of improvements. However, customers will not be able to use the expected future revenue from, for example, FITs payments to count as savings for the purposes of meeting the golden rule."
Qualification for RHI payments will be conditional on making heat-related energy efficiency improvements that meet the golden rule first. This is to ensure that the heat generated by renewable sources is not wasted. (Since 1 April 2012 it has also been the case that applicants for feed-in tariffs must have an EPC of level D or above to qualify).
The following measures will all be eligible for the green deal (both domestic and non domestic) from its launch in October 2012:
Air source heat pumps
Biomass room heaters
Cavity wall insulation
Hot water showers (efficient)
Hot water systems (efficient)
Hot water taps (efficient)
External wall insulation systems
Fan assisted replacement storage heaters
Flue gas heat recovery
Gas-fired condensing boilers
Ground source heat pumps
Heating controls (for wet central heating systems and warm air systems)
Heating ventilation and air conditioning controls (inc. zoning controls)
High performance external doors
Hot water controls (inc. timers and temperature control)
Hot water cylinder insulation
Internal wall insulation (of external walls) systems
Lighting systems, fittings and controls (inc. roof lights, lamps and luminaries) - non domestic only
Loft or rafter insulation
Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery
Micro wind generation
Oil-fired condensing boilers
Room in roof insulation
Sealing improvements (inc. duct sealing)
Solar water heating
Solar blinds, shutters and shading devices
Transpired solar collectors
Variable speed drives for fans and pumps
Waste water heat recovery devices attached to showers
Water source heat pumps
Photo by Laura KaneBy Cathy Debenham
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