The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published three consultations pertaining to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
One consultation is aimed at householders; the other two at commercial and community schemes. To read about commercial and community schemes, click here.
RHI for householders will be managed by Ofgem and provides payment guidelines for those who have installed renewable heating technologies since 15th July 2009 and those who are intending to so in future.
Consultation proposals include indicative tariff ranges for specific technologies:
Air source heat pumps (6.9-11.5p/kWh)
Biomass boilers (5.2-8.7p/kWh)
Ground source heat pumps (12.5-17.3p/kWh)
Solar thermal technologies (17.3p/kWh) that are MCS certified and meet required standards.
Other proposals are to set tariff levels to provide a better return for those living off the gas grid; minimum energy efficiency requirements based on Green Deal assessments; budget management similar to the system used for Feed-in Tariff; payments over seven years for each kWh of heat produced for the expected lifetime of the renewable technology and based on deemed heat usage.
The closing date for the consultation is 7th December. To respond to the consultation, click here.
There is funding currently available for householders wanting to install renewable heat technologies under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) which will run until March 2013. The domestic RHI is expected to be established during summer 2013.
What did the industry have to say? Read about it here.
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