Renewable Heat Incentive kicks off on Monday

The Government’s delayed scheme to support renewable heat will finally kick off on Monday. Announcing the news today, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said it will “usher in […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Government’s delayed scheme to support renewable heat will finally kick off on Monday. Announcing the news today, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said it will “usher in a new era in clean green heat technology.”

From next week, the RHI will offer payments for heat made from renewable technologies; such as biomass, solar and heat pumps.

It was meant to open for applications in September, but was delayed by two months when the European Commission objected to the high level of funding available for larger biomass projects. DECC swiftly revised the tariff for projects over 1MW down from 2.7p per KWh to 1p per Kwh.

Mr Barker said: “Renewable heat will be a big win for our economy – it will support thousands of green jobs, reduce our dependency on imported fossil fuels, reduce our carbon emissions and help us meet our renewable target.”

The RHI pays people up to 7.9p per kWh for biomass boilers, 8.5p per kWh for solar thermal and up to 4.5p per kWh for heat pumps. Businesses, householders and public organisations can apply to receive the funds, which will change in line with inflation, for the next 20 years.