The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders is designed to drive forward uptake of renewable heat technologies in homes The scheme has been up and running for the non – domestic sector since November 2011 and will now be available for domestic users in Spring 2014.
The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal.
The scheme will be made available to homeowners, private and social landlords, third party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes. Anyone who has installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009 and meets the scheme eligibility criteria will be able to join the scheme.
RHI domestic will support air to water heat pumps; biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers; ground and water source heat pumps; flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels.
Payments will be made on a quarterly basis for seven years.
In most cases, payments will be made based on estimated heat demand of the property. There will be an extra set payment of £230 per year where consumers take out metering and monitoring support packages for heat pumps and £200 for biomass boilers.
Applicants will need to complete a Green Deal Assessment before submitting their application and must ensure they have met minimum loft (250mm) and cavity wall insulation requirements, where appropriate. All installations and installers must be MCS certified (or certified by an equivalent scheme). (Princeenergy can complete the Green Deal Assessment and are MCS certified.)