The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme as discussed throughout this web site is not currently available to householders. Instead householders can apply for a Renewable Heat Premium Payment. This is a grant available from the government to help pay for the renewable technology.
Any householder installing a solar thermal system in England, Scotland or Wales can apply for a Premium Payment. However, those wishing to install a biomass boiler, or a ground source or air source heat pump, are only eligible for a Premium Payment if they are living in an area that is not connected to the gas grid and are therefore using alternative heating sources such as oil, LPG, solid fuel or electricity.
All successful applicants will also have to meet certain conditions:
- The property must be your main home
- Where practical loft insulation to a depth of 250mm and cavity wall insulation must be installed
- The renewable heat system being installed must be registed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and must be installed by a registered MCS installer
- Once installed and running you will be required to complete and return two customer surveys, designed to help Government understand heating requirements in different types of homes
- You may also be required to install a heat meter (provided free of charge), it being a condition of the scheme that you are happy to have a meter installed if chosen
The amount of money available depends on the technology chosen as per the table below:
|Technology||Funding Available||Voucher Validity|
|Biomass Boiler||£2000||6 months|
|Ground Source Heat Pumps||£2300||6 months|
|Air Source Heat Pumps||£1300||5 months|
|Solar Thermal Panels||£600||3 months|
Applications should be made to the Energy Saving Trust. If you can meet the conditions of the scheme you will be issued with a voucher. To redeem the voucher you need to return a signed voucher along with a copy of the equipment invoice and a certificate from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme to the Energy Saving Trust. The money will then be paid into your bank account.
Anyone who receives a Renewable Heat Premium Payment will also be eligible to receive RHI payments, when the RHI is rolled out to householders next year, providing they meet the eligibility criteria of the RHI scheme, which are yet to be determined.