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Time is running out for 'legacy' applications to the RHI

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 15 January 2015 at 3:25 pm

If you installed an air source heat pump, ground source heat pump, wood pellet stove, biomass boiler or solar thermal system between 16 July 2009 and 8 April 2014 you may well be eligible to apply for the renewable heat incentive. This is the government's financial incentive to help homeowners (and others) with the additional cost of installing a renewable heating system. But to do so, you must get your application in soon. What follows is an announcement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change:

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is a government scheme which provides financial incentives for using renewable heating in place of fossil fuels in domestic properties.

Under the scheme, participants receive quarterly subsidies for generating renewable heat in the home from eligible biomass boilers and pellet stoves, solar thermal installations, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps.

The Domestic RHI launched in April 2014 but is available to some customers who installed before then. If you installed an eligible technology after July 15, 2009 and before April 9, 2014, you may be eligible for the Domestic RHI as a ‘legacy’ applicant.

The deadline for legacy applications is now approaching. Customers will only have until April 8, 2015 to complete your application.

You may wish in the first instance to estimate your potential payments by using the DECC Domestic RHI Calculator.

We recommend that you check your eligibility and thoroughly prepare before starting the application process. Ofgem deliver the Domestic RHI on behalf of DECC, and the best place to start is by reading the Ofgem webpage for people who installed before the Domestic RHI opened and the Essential Guide for Applicants.

You can find out more about in our popular Q&A blog on the RHI. Make sure you don't miss lots more useful stuff in the comment section below.

More information about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) on YouGen.

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