RHPP & RHI Grant Schemes
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Scheme
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) is a one off ‘grant type’ offer to encourage early uptake of technologies likely to be included in phase 2 “domestic” of the renewable heat incentive.
The original RHPP scheme came to a close on the 31st March 2010 and the second phase finished on the 31st March 2013, but a second phase extension of the RHPP is due to run from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014.
The Government has set some eligibility criteria which are somewhat different to the RHI scheme proposed so far, mainly in respect to the need to be “off the mains gas network” for all the supported technologies with the single exception of solar thermal (hot water). The Energy Saving Trust will administer the scheme and there is a good FAQ on the website. Once your application is accepted, they will issue you with a voucher with limited validity.
Further details are available at http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generate-your-own-energy/Financial-incentives/Renewable-Heat-Premium-Payment-Phase-2
Key changes have been made to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 20 May 2013.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change's considerations to support the growth of the domestic renewables market have encouraged the Government to review new data available on installation costs and feedback from industry and have therefore decided to increase the voucher levels for each of the four selected technologies.
The new levels are:
|Solar thermal||£600 (voucher valid for 3 months)|
Available to homes without mains gas heating
|Air to water heat pump||£1300 (voucher valid for 5 months)|
|Ground source heat pump||£2300 (voucher valid for 6 months)|
|Biomass boiler||£2000 (voucher valid for 6 months)|
These levels will be effective for voucher applications made on the Energy Saving Trust (EST) website from 20 May 2013. We hope the additional money available will encourage even more people to consider switching to renewable heating.
In addition, new applicants from 20 May 2013 will also be required to undertake a Green Deal Assessment before submitting a claim for payment of their voucher. The Assessment will help consumers to choose the most appropriate new technology for their home and circumstances. As the voucher levels are being increased, this additional money will cover the costs of an Assessment.
Note: air to air heat pumps and exhaust air heat pumps will not be eligible for grants under the RHPP scheme.
Applicants will be required to self declare that they have a minimum of 250mm of loft insulation and cavity wall insulation where practical. In addition, they will be required to complete surveys after payment and possibly to agree to have energy meters fitted to monitor the performance of the heating system. All claims for payments must be completed and forwarded by 31st March 2014.
Installations must be completed by an installer who, like us is registered under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and products must be also certified under the MCS scheme or Solar Keymark for solar thermal installations.
£3m of the £15M overall budget will be set aside for registered social landlords to improve their housing stock.. The rest of the funding is spread across all technologies, although there may be restrictions to some technologies in later months to ensure a fair spread, for example capping the number of grants for solar thermal if there is a disproportionately high take-up. The scheme is also on a "first come first served" basis and will cease once funding is exhausted.
Renewable Heat Incentive
The RHI is going ahead: Summer 2014.
On the 20th Sept 2012 the DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) published their Consultation on proposals for a Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (reference 12D/330). The aim of our article ` Summarising the Renewable Heat Incentive Proposal` is to try and clarify the main points of the DECC Consultation document and how it may affect those who are wishing to benefit from 'Going-Green'.
Please note that DECC will amend (and hopefully improve) the proposal details when they announce their conclusions and terms.
The Which? organisation have published a useful 2 page guide for domestic installations:
The Renewable Heat Incentive explained