Why are people who are eligible for renewable heat incentive failing to apply?
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 28 November 2014 at 3:01 pm
Have you installed a renewable heating system since 15 July 2009? If so, you are probably eligible to apply for the renewable heat incentive (RHI), a government scheme to encourage take up of air and groundsource heat pumps, solar water heating and biomass stoves and boilers. The scheme, which is paid out over seven years, helps offset the additional cost of these technologies, and in some cases will pay back the installation cost.
Seven months after the scheme launched many of those who are eligible haven't applied to the scheme. And the clock is ticking. Time will run out for legacy applications (those who installed before 9 April 2014) on 8 April 2015. The rate you receive will not be affected by the planned reduction in the rate for biomass boilers from 1 January 2015.
Those who have already benefited from the renewable heat premium payments grant scheme (RHPP) can also apply for the full RHI. The amount you have already received will be subtracted from the total paid to you over the seven years of the scheme.
We've had a number of people ask if it's worth the bother applying. A quick way to find out is to use the renewable heat calculator to estimate what you'd get. Then if you've already had RHPP, subtract that amount.
If you haven't already, you will also need to get a green deal assessment done on your property before you apply. If it recommends cavity wall and/or loft insulation, you will also have to install that to qualify.
More information about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on YouGen.
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