Is my boiler stove eligible for the renewable heat incentive?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 19 December 2013 at 9:20 am
Q: I own and am having installed a Aquatherm ECoF34V boiler stove which seems an extremely substantial piece of Italian kit that should meet MCS criteria but the machine is not MCS certified. There is a considerable amount of money at stake for me personally, and I'm sure the machine will do its bit for renewables as much as any other. It seems against the EU principles that a machine that meets its local equivalent standards should be prejudiced against by not having a British accreditation. What are your thoughts or experience?
A: It's up to the manufacturer to get MCS accreditation for their products. If they want to sell into the domestic market in the UK, they would be stupid not to, as they are unlikely to do well if their customers aren't eligible for the renewable heat incentive (RHI).
There are wood-fuelled boiler stoves that have MCS accreditation. However, while a heating product must be MCS accredited to be eligible for the RHI, it doesn't follow that all MCS accredited products are eligible.
The bad news for you is that log-fuelled stoves are definitely not eligible for the renewable heat incentive.
The rules are as follows:
Subject to the air quality and fuel sustainability criteria set out below, the eligible types of biomass technologies are :
· Biomass-only boilers (covering all solid biomass, including logs and chips)
· Biomass pellet stoves with back boilers
As it wasn't clear to me whether boiler stoves counted as a stove or a boiler, I checked with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Its answer was: "Biomass pellet-only stoves with integrated boilers (or Biomass pellet stoves with back boilers) are the only ‘boiler stoves’ that will be eligible under the domestic RHI".
There are some boiler stoves that are currently MCS accredited, and eligible for the RHPP (renewable heat premium payments) until 31 March 2014. However, if you are thinking of installing one of these, I recommend you double check with the Energy Saving Trust that it is still eligible before you sign on the dotted line.
More information about the RHI on YouGen
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