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Renewable Heat Incentive – Domestic Scheme Now Launched

 

On a mission to promote heat generation from renewable energy sources, the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive payment scheme was initially launched on 28th November 2011 for non-domestic buildings.  The RHI was set up to replace the Low Carbon Building Programme which ceased in 2010, and rewards those who generate energy from renewable heat technologies such as ground source and water source heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomass boilers.

 

Based on the Energy Act 2008, the introduction of the scheme for Domestic RHI has seen several delays but it was finally launched on 9th April 2014, providing financial reward for those who use renewable heat technologies within the home including air source pumps, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels. Those who are interested in benefitting from the scheme need to complete an application process with the domestic scheme open to private landlords as well as owner occupiers, self-builders and providers of social housing.

 

Ofgem, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets are administering the scheme and further information on eligibility and the application process is available at the Ofgem Website, with the scheme open to domestic customers regardless of whether they are on or off the gas grid, although for the latter the potential of the scheme is greater.

 

Those wishing to apply will need to provide an EPC Energy Performance Certificate, confirming that only a single property that is regarded as a domestic dwelling is being heated by the renewable system. The EPC will also cover energy use and recommendations within the dwelling and forms part of the Green Deal Assessment, details of all of which are also available from Ofgem.  Support is also on hand through Ofgem for installers on the necessary technology criteria that meets the schemes guidelines.

 

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