I'm on mains gas, am I eligible for the domestic RHI?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 1 November 2012 at 3:06 pm
Q: I am very interested in the RHI (renewable heat incentive) but a little confused! I would love a biomass boiler or air source heat pump but I have read somewhere that if I have gas and disconnect from the gas mains I still can't claim RHI? Is this true? Are biomass and ASHP RHI payments only for people who are off the gas grid? Or can anybody claim it?
A: You have been partly misinformed. There are two elements of the RHI. On is the Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP). These are grants that are available until 31 March 2013, which aim to help with the up front cost of installing renewable heat technologies. These are only available to people who can't get mains gas for heat pumps and biomass boilers. Anyone can apply for solar thermal.
The domestic RHI proper is currently being consulted on, and is expected to start in summer 2013. The tariffs for this are based around the costs of heating off the mains gas network. Because heating is more expensive if you are off mains gas, this means the tariffs will be less attractive to people who are on mains gas. However, they will be available. (The rates are not agreed yet. They are expected to be announced in February or March next year).
We have put together a comprehensive Q&A on the domestic RHI here, but if you have any further questions that aren't answered there, please ask them in the comment section below.
If you have a question about anything in the above blog, please ask it in the comments section below.
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