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Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launched!

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been  launched this week following the success of the RHI for Non Domestic buildings launched in 2011. Homeowners applying for the scheme will require an EPC and Green Deal Assessment which requires an initial payment of around £120. 

This is the first Government scheme to provide long term financial support for renewable heat , enabling access to cheaper bills and cash payments when installing renewable heating. The scheme pays homeowners for using renewable energy to heat their buildings. it is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid. Those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions.. The scheme will cover single domestic dwellings and will be open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders. It will not be open to new build properties other than self-builds.

The Tariff includes rates per unit of heat generated for seven years covering Air Source Heat Pumps at 7.3p/kWh, Ground and Water Source Heat Pumps at 18.8p/kWh, Biomass at 12.2p/kWh and Solar Thermal at 19.2p/kWh.

Two technical guidance documents detail information on metering here.

JB Comments . After a week of more Government U turns on Green Building Policy, this is a small but welcome consolation. The major news which will effect all new development  is the Conservative government’s plan to stop  local plan polices for sustainable development over and above Building Regulations!.

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