RHI applications from businesses up 10% in 2016

The number of businesses that applied to join the government scheme which provides support for low carbon heating increased by 10% in Q1 2016 compared to Q4 2015. Between January […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The number of businesses that applied to join the government scheme which provides support for low carbon heating increased by 10% in Q1 2016 compared to Q4 2015.

Between January and March this year the scheme received a total of 816 applications which is also a 51% rise compared to Q3 last year, according to new data released by DECC.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) pays householders and businesses to generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings.

DECC stated it received more than 15,800 full applications to join the scheme by 31st of March this year with a combined capacity of 2.8GW since it was launched in November 2011 .

More than 14,300 have been accredited with a total capacity of 2.4GW out of which 13,400 are receiving payments for heat generating under the scheme.

Around 85% of the accreditations have been for small boilers.

In total, more than 7,200GWh of heat have been generated and paid under the RHI scheme for businesses.

Domestic

DECC also revealed around 51,100 applications were received from householders to join the scheme during the same period.

More than 47,600 were accredited.

Around 45% of them were for air source heat pumps, 24% for small boilers, 16% for solar thermal and 15% for ground source heat pumps.