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Details of proposed domestic RHI now available

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 20 September 2012 at 2:19 pm

The long-awaited proposals for support for householders who install renewable heating systems have been announced today.

People changing their heating to technologies such as biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal receive a financial incentive along the same lines as the feed-in tariff (FIT) for solar PV and other microgeneration systems.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be available to householders who have installed any such technology since 15 July 2009. The payment will be made on a 'deemed' heat requirement for their property.

Key proposals in the consultation include:

  • Indicative tariff ranges for air source heat pumps (6.9-11.5p/kWh), biomass boilers (5.2-8.7p/kWh), ground source heat pumps (12.5-17.3p/kWh) and solar thermal technologies (17.3p/kWh) that are MCS certified and meet relevant required standards
  • Payments for householders over seven years for each kWh of heat produced for the expected lifetime of the renewable technology and based on deemed heat usage
  • Tariff levels set to provide a better return for householders living off the gas grid
  • Budget management system similar to one introduced for the Feed-in Tariffs scheme
  • Minimum energy efficiency requirements based on Green Deal assessments

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“We need to revolutionise the way we heat our homes and businesses and move away from expensive fossil fuels, not only to cut carbon but to help meet our renewables targets and save money on bills.

“Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating in industry and in our businesses. We have also set out our views on long term support for those who invest in low carbon kit in their homes and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.”

The closing date for this consultation is 7 December 2012. Full details can be downloaded here.

Anyone who installs renewable heat between now and March next year can also claim upfront grants in the form of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme.

Click here to read more detail.


If you have a question about anything in the above blog, please ask it in the comments section below.

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Gilly Jones

Gilly JonesComment left on: 2 October 2012 at 12:33 pm

Hi Ed

You'd be eligible providing you installed it after 15 July 2009, and you have not received any government support since then (other than the from the renewable heat premium payment scheme (RHPP)).

However, you will need to meet certain criteria which we've outlined in our blog: Domestic renewable heat incentive: your questions answered

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EdComment left on: 2 October 2012 at 12:10 pm

We installed a ground source heat pump last year. Please advise if we are now eligible to take advantage of any financial inventives?

thanks, Ed 

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