Further details can now be found on our special RHI page link.
Details of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have been released by the government today (10th March), with tariff payments due to start in October 2012. The exact levels of these tariffs for domestic installations will be the subject of a consultation later this year. In the meantime, there will £15m available for domestic renewable heat installations for households that meet a set of criteria such as living in an off-gas area.Chris Huhne said: Renewable heat is a largely untapped resource and an important new green industry of the future. This incentive is the first of its kind in the world. Itll help the UK shift away from fossil fuel, reducing carbon emissions and encouraging innovation, jobs and growth in new advanced technologies.The tariffs for commercial and public sector installations have been published, with anything from pubs to schools eligible under the RHI to install technologies like biomass boilers, heat pumps and 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 15th July 2009 with payments being made for each kWh of renewable heat which is produced. Once in the scheme the level of support an installation will receive is fixed and adjusted annually with inflation.The tariff payments will not start until October 2012, designed to run alongside the introduction of the Green Deal and other energy-saving measures. From July 2011, up to 25,000 installations will be supported by a RHI Premium Payment to help people cover the purchase price of green heating systems. Those taking up this payment will then be eligible for a RHI tariff from October 2012, as will anyone else who has had eligible equipment installed from July 2009.The RHI Premium Payment will be worth around £15m and will ensure there is a fair spread of technologies across all regions of the UK, particularly those in off-gas areas. The installed technologies will be monitored to enable government, manufacturers, installers and consumers to better understand how to make sure householders get the most out of them. There will be clear eligibility criteria in order to qualify for a premium payment, including:
- a well insulated home based on its energy performance certificate;
- agreeing to give feedback on how the equipment performs.
Full details of this premium payment will be published in May 2011.The Micropower Council’s Dave Sowden has welcomed the news. He said: We are delighted that the government has largely shielded the residential sectors early months of the scheme from the budget cuts brought about in the Comprehensive Spending Review, with a quarter of the first years funding being reserved exclusively for the household sector. This should provide confidence that this is a serious policy aimed at encouraging citizens to switch over to more sustainable home heating systems in their tens and hundreds of thousands in the early years, and subsequently, we hope, in their millions.”
Source: Greenbuild News.