Solar Heating: Renewable Heat Premium Payment

 
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    Heating the nation’s homes is responsible for 47% of the UK’s total carbon dioxide emissions.  By 2020 the Government aims to increase the amount of heat generated by renewables from the current 0.6% to 20%. 

    A second phase of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme, which gives money off renewable technologies like biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels, launched on 2nd April this year and will be worth £10m more than the existing scheme.

    The budget has been increased from £15m to £25m, for the first time including community and social housing schemes that can benefit. Those people who are reliant on expensive oil or electric heating should consider applying to the Premium Payment scheme to cut their fuel bills in the long term.

    Anybody choosing to install a Solar Water Heating system should be eligible for a £300 contribution towards the cost of the installation. They will then also be eligible for payments from the: Renewable Heat Incentive

    People in receipt of the Renewable Heat Premium Payments will be able to apply for the full RHI tariff support once the scheme is introduced Summer 2013, as will anybody who has installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009.


    The Renewable Heat Premium Payment has been introduced with a fund of £15million to provide grants to homeowners wishing to install various type sof renewable heating systems.

    Anybody choosing to install a Solar Water Heating system should be elligible for a £300 contribution towards the cost of the installation. They will then also be elligible for payments from the: Renewable Heat Incentive

    People in receipt of the Renewable Heat Premium Payments will be able to apply for the full RHI tariff support once the scheme is introduced in Autumn 2012, as will anybody who has installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009.

    Are there any elligibility requirements for getting the RHPP or the RHI?

    No matter how you currently heat your home and how much fuel you already use, anyone can apply for a grant towards purchasing solar thermal panels.

    BBC news article on the new grants scheme

    Energy Saving Trust: Renewable Heat Premium Payment

    Solar Trade Association: Renewable Heat Incentive Consultation Response

    What is the expected return on investment if I install solar water heating and benefit from the RHI?

    News about the Renewable Heat Incentive

    Letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Renewable Heat Incentive

    DECC: Renewable Heat Incentive

    DECC: Supply Curve for Renewable Heat

    Decc (Department for Energy and Climate Change) Feed in Tariff information

    Feed in Tariffs information site

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