Renewable Heat Incentive and Premium Payments
Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme
From July up to 25,000 household heating installations will be supported by a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Premium Payment. This will help people cover the purchase price of green heating systems such as solar hot water panels or large wood pellet boilers.
Those taking up the premium will then able to apply for an RHI tariff when the Green Deal begins. The tariff will provide fixed annual payments to people who install renewable heating systems.
There is around £12m available to householders in Scotland, England and Wales who
Eligibility and Priorities
Phase 1 of the scheme has now closed.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is designed to help you afford renewable technologies for your home. A key focus of this initial phase will be on people living off the gas grid, where fossil fuels like heating oil are more expensive and have a higher carbon content.
Homes not heated by mains gas can apply for one-
To apply for the grant, your house must be your main home and it must have basic energy efficiency measures in place. This means you will need to confirm you have loft insulation to 250mm and wall insulation, where these measures are practical.
The renewable heat product you will be installing must be listed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, and be installed by someone registered under the scheme, and householders must agree to complete customer questionnaires, as well as making provision for the installation of a meter to monitor their energy use and performance of their heating system.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme -
How do I apply?
Anyone can pre-
If you meet the conditions you will receive a voucher. You then have a set number of months to redeem the voucher by returning a signed version with a copy of the invoice and a certificate from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
How can I prepare?
First, you might like to make sure you have appropriate energy efficiency measures in place. Carry out research into which renewable heat technologies might work for you. Shop around for quotes from different installers. And check if you need planning permission or permits if it is a substantial installation.
Will I get the Renewable Heat Incentive too, when it comes in?
People who have installed renewable heat systems under the Premium Payments scheme will also be eligible for support through the RHI providing they meet the eligibility criteria of the full RHI scheme, as will anybody else who has installed eligible equipment since 15 July 2009.
Renewable Heat Incentive
In March 2011, the UK Government announced the details of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), to revolutionise the way heat is generated and used. This is the first financial support scheme for renewable heat of its kind in the world.
At a time when we can see many problems with relying on a rapidly changing world and continuous reliance on oil and gas, the Incentive is designed to provide financial support that encourages individuals, communities and businesses to switch from using fossil fuels for heating to renewable's.
There are two phases to the introduction of the RHI:
Phase 1: introduced the Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP) scheme to households
and also introduced the RHI for non-
Phase 2: with the the domestic element of the RHI, is expected to be introduced in October 2012 around the same time as the UK Government’s Green Deal. Anybody who has installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009 will be eligible for the RHI.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will support emerging technologies and businesses in the UK, strengthening security of supply by reducing dependence on fossil fuel heating and emissions.
Currently around half of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used to produce heat, more than from generating electricity. The RHI will reduce emissions by 44 million tonnes of carbon to 2020, equivalent to the annual carbon emitted by 20 typical new gas power stations.
Over 95% of heat in the UK is currently produced by burning fossil fuel but with North Sea supplies now in decline leading to an increase in imports, low carbon alternatives are needed.
The new financial incentive will encourage installation of equipment like renewable heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels to reduce emissions. Although air source heat pumps will be eligible for the Renewable Premium Payment, a decision on whether or not they'll be included in the payments will be based on consumer feedback on the performance of the technologies. This should be clarified in the government’s RHI proposals.
Anything from a pub to a public library, a school to a power plant will be also eligible under the RHI to install renewable technologies. These might be biomass boilers, heat pumps or solar thermal. Community projects will also be eligible, provided a single installation is providing heat to more than one house.
The tariffs will be paid for 20 years to eligible technologies that have installed since 15 July 2009 with payments being made for each kWh of renewable heat produced.
What the rates will be
Follow the link to view the Renewable Heat Incentive proposed payment rates for non-
These payments will start alongside the from October 2012 to allow a more
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