The government has announced a six-month extension for eligible applications to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (NDRHI) scheme to assist businesses that have been impacted by coronavirus.
The decision for the extension was made by BEIS due to Covid-19 related delays, which left some existing projects struggling to apply for accreditation – for businesses genuinely affected by the pandemic, the decision postpones the scheme’s planned closure in March 2021.
The move is only an extension for eligible projects already under development and applicants must provide evidence they have already invested capital – these eligible projects will now be allowed to submit a full application by 30th September 2021.
The extension does not cover projects that already benefit from an extended deadline due to the recent extension to tariff guarantees, including solid biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants, geothermal and biothermal facilities, biomass plants of more than or equal to 1MWth, biogas plants of at least 600kWth, as well as ground source and water source heat pumps equal or larger than 100kWth.
Eligible applicants and projects will have the chance to secure a prolonged period by submitting an extension application supported by evidence requirements, which must be provided no later than 31st March 2021 to secure the extension being proposed.