The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that condensing biomass boilers will qualify for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), when the scheme is launched in spring 2014, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.
Condensing biomass boilers previously had come under the spotlight amid fears that certain pollutants discharged could pose a threat to the aquatic environment. These concerns sparked rigorous government analysis of this technology and the potential impact on water quality of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) being emitted in this type of boiler.
However the tests, undertaken on behalf of Defra, have concluded that the risk from certain pollutants discharged from condensing biomass boilers is minimal.
Mark Krull, marketing director, of Logic4training, commented; “This is great news for the biomass market and for installers. It opens up a wealth of business opportunities for the trained biomass engineer and provides homeowners with another clean, green way of efficiently heating their homes, and potentially generating some revenue.”
The announcement applies to all eligible condensing biomass boilers installed between 15th July 2009 and the launch of the domestic RHI next year, as well as those installed after the launch of the scheme.
The tariff for biomass heating systems is 12.2p/kWh – all of the heat output of biomass systems is considered renewable under the Renewable Energy Directive, so payments are based on the estimated heat use from the EPC. Those installing biomass-only boilers will be eligible for an additional incentive of £200 per year if installing a metering and monitoring service package.
Logic4training will be delivering biomass training in the coming months, contact us for more information.
Training related to the domestic RHI is currently eligible for DECC’s voucher scheme – £500 or 75% off the cost of an approved solar thermal, heat pump or biomass course. Visit our blog for more information. Register your interest at www.rhitraining.co.uk.