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Grants and Funding

In order to promote the take up of renewable and micro-generation technologies, a number of funding programmes have been set up by the government to provide financial incentives to householders.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for example can support the installation of air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, solar thermal and hot water.                                     

Other initiatives may also be available depending upon what part of the UK your property is located. Please see the Energy Saving Trust website for details.

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) announced in March 2011, is aimed at encouraging people to install renewable heating technologies and is the first financial support scheme for renewable heat in the world. Households installing renewable heat technologies after April 2014 have been eligible for hundreds of pounds a year in incentive payments.

Switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets. People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it is estimated their system produces. An extra set payment of £230 a year is available for households with heat pumps that also install a metering system.

The domestic RHI replaced the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme, which offered grants to help cover some of the cost of renewable heat technologies.

Scheme at a glance:

  • Tariff rates:
  • ASHP - 7.3p/kWh
  • GSHP - 18.8p/kWh
  • Solar Thermal - 19.2p/kWh
  • Tariffs payable over 7 years
  • Extra £230 per year for heat pump systems with monitoring.

For more information regarding the RHI and to make an application visit the OFGEM website

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