After much anticipation, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been delayed at the last-minute, due to concerns from the European Commission that the large biomass tariff is set too high. The length of delay is unknown, but changing the large biomass tariff will require the RHI regulations to be amended and submitted again to Parliament for approval.
DECC said “…it understands that the Commission has given state aid approval for the RHI, subject to a reduction in the large biomass tariff, and we expect to receive written confirmation of this very soon.
“We are unable to launch the scheme as a whole until this process has been completed. Therefore, unfortunately, we will not be able to open the scheme for applications on 30 September 2011 as we had originally planned. Once we have received written confirmation from the Commission, we will make a further announcement about what this means for the large biomass tariff and the timing of the launch. We are committed to launching the scheme as soon as possible to minimise disruption to stakeholders.”
This delay strikes a blow to domestic building services engineering installers who have been waiting for the surge in demand for renewables, following the launch of the RHI. When this finally does come to pass, installers must make sure they are Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited, or end-users won’t be able to access funding. Logic4training’s renewables courses are all recognised by the MCS.