After 4 years of promising, it seems that there is a definite timeline for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Greg Barker announced the final tariffs today and it seems that they are committed to meeting the current Spring 2014 launch date.
The domestic RHI will pay owners of solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps for heat generated at the following levels: 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.
Other key outcomes include:
• Tariffs will apply to domestic properties in the retrofit sector, and be paid to the owner of the system. This will include systems in privately owned homes, second homes, private landlords, social landlords, self-built new homes, and third-party owned systems.
• Legacy applicants will also be eligible for the domestic RHI; all renewable heating systems from eligible technologies, installed from 15th July 2009 can access the tariffs. These applicants will apply in phases, to manage the volume of applications. It is likely that legacy applicants who have received the RHPP voucher scheme will be able to apply first. Final details are being worked out with Ofgem.
• The Green Deal Assessment will be the method for judging that an applicant to the RHI has sufficient energy efficiency standards in their domestic property. Recommend “green tick” measures will not apply, but loft and cavity insulation must be installed.
• The calculation of the tariff paid to consumers for their particular heating installation will be “deemed” rather than metered. All installations must be meter ready and bivalent systems will need to be metered. Some systems will be metered for evaluation.
• DECC will run a “Metering and Monitoring Service Package” which consumers can volunteer for. Data collected under this scheme will be shared by DECC with the installer and consumer. RHI recipients who volunteer will receive £230 per year to have their heat pump installation monitored and £200 per year to have their biomass installation monitored.
ZLC Energy very much welcomes decisive commitment and clarity that will enable us to be clear with customers and help reduce the CO2 created through domestic heating
For more information, please see https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/increasing-the-use-of-low-carbon-technologies/supporting-pages/renewable-heat-incentive-rhi
by Mark Smith