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Domestic RHI: it’s here, and it’s great news!

 Aug, 19 - 2013   Renewable Energy

The government has confirmed the details of its long-awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), announcing generous financial incentives for UK householders to install renewable heating systems that will turn fuel bills into an annual income stream.

Open from Spring 2014, the scheme covers biomass, solar thermal, air source and ground source heat pump technology, with seven-year tariffs declared at 12.2 pence per kWh,19.2 pence per kWh, 7.3k pence per kWh and 18.8 pence per kWh respectively – great news for MCS registered installers fitting these technologies, as business could be set to boom!

Logic4training delivers MCS recognised courses for heat pumps and solar thermal. These technologies returns under the RHI are worked out as follows: for heat pumps, the renewable heat generated will be based on an estimate of the heat demand from an EPC combined with an estimate if the heat pump’s efficiency. For solar thermal systems, the renewable heat generated will be based on the estimate of system performance completed as part of a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installation.

Targeted at, but not limited to, off-gas grid households, the domestic RHI is open to:

  • Owner-occupiers
  • Private landlords
  • Registered providers of social housing
  • Self-builders
  • Third-party owners of a heating system
  • Owners of systems installed between 15th July 2009 and the launch of the scheme in any of the above groups (referred to as legacy applicants).

To help improve the performance of renewable heating systems, there will also be an additional incentive for applicants who install metering and monitoring service packages of £230 per year for heat pumps and £200 per year for biomass.

Applicants looking to benefit from the domestic RHI will be required to complete a Green Deal Assessment (GDA) prior to application to ensure they meet minimum energy efficiency requirements of loft and cavity insulation where required by the GDA.

Full details of the domestic RHI scheme criteria can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/212089/Domestic_RHI_policy_statement.pdf

Certification of both products and installers in line with the MCS or equivalent is a condition of the domestic RHI scheme. This ensures that people who buy renewable heating systems are covered by consumer protection scheme, governing the products and their performance, as well as the quality of the installation and service they receive from the installer.

If you are interested in the potential the domestic RHI could open up for your business, Logic4training has solar thermal, air source and ground source heat pump courses on offer at its centres.