DECC announces £10m low carbon heating fund

The Government has announced a £10 million scheme for social housing companies to install low carbon forms of heating in households across the country. The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Government has announced a £10 million scheme for social housing companies to install low carbon forms of heating in households across the country.

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) competition, which opened today, follows the success and high demand of the £3 million scheme last year. It aims to get homes of social housing tenants installed with more sustainable heating alternatives like biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and heat pumps.

The Energy Saving Trust (EST), the social enterprise that manages the competition, said the increased budget for this year’s scheme is of great benefit to tenants. Philip Sellwood, CEO of the company said:“The opening of the second round of applications for the RHPP scheme for social landlords is great news for social housing tenants across Great Britain. The scheme offers real value to tenants as not only does it help them save money on their energy bills, but also helps them to reduce their energy usage.”

Registered housing participants such as local authorities and social housing associations will be able to bid for up to around £175,000 each.

Vincent Wedlock-Ward MBE, Project Officer at Southern Housing Group, a previous winner, said: “We received £175,000 from DECC under last year’s RHPP scheme for social landlords which helped us replace old overnight storage heating systems with air source pumps for 40 householders living off the gas grid.

We are continuing to monitor how these heat pumps work in homes and have received positive feedback from residents who say their bills have been cut by half thanks to these heat pumps.”

The competition will end on the 4th of July and successful bidders will be notified by DECC in August.