How can I register as a self-supplier of biomass fuel for the RHI?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 21 November 2014 at 8:58 am
Q: How and with whom does one register as a self-supplier of biomass material.
A: To register as a self-supplier of biomass material you need to register using this form on the gov.uk website. You can download a detailed supplier question and answer document from the biomass suppliers list website. It covers all potential suppliers so there's lots of stuff in there that you won't need to wade through.
Some of the important bits are as follows:
The definition of a self-supplier is: RHI participants will be able to register on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) as a ‘self-supplier’ if their installation is less than 1MWth capacity, and if they source fuel (which they have the legal right to source, through ownership, rental or other relevant arrangement) from the same Estate as the boiler. Self-suppliers will also be able to source waste woodfuel from outside their Estate for use in their installation.
The definition of "estate" is as follows: For the purposes of self-supply in the BSL, an Estate comprises the buildings and supporting land and woods that is owned by, or has the legal rights to source woodfuel (for example through a rental agreement) by, one person, a family, an organisation, a single farm business or a commercial business. The land and buildings may or may not be contiguous but should be within reasonable distance of the boiler. A reasonable distance is defined as follows: the biomass source must be within 50 miles of the boiler.
To register, you must be a participant in the renewable heat incentive, or be planning to apply, and have a boiler that generates less than 1MW. You will need evidence that you can self-supply your own fuel (such as a woodland management plan), and information on where you get your fuel from.
Waste wood fuel includes used wood and industry by-products but not primary processing co products.
The rules recognise that occasionally a self-supplier may be forced to source raw material and produce their own fuel. In such circumstance, to remain BSL (Biomass Suppliers List) compliant and RHI-eligible, the self-supplier must contact the BSL Administrator as soon as they are aware of the potential issue, to request guidance.
More information about Biomass Boilers on YouGen.
More information about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on YouGen.
Need help with any Jargon?By Cathy Debenham
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