More RHPP money made available
By Katie Anderson on July 17th, 2013
The Government has increased the amount of financial assistance it will give householders to put towards the cost of renewable heating systems such as solar thermal hot water, air source heat pumps and biomass boilers.
In May the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that more money was to be made available through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment; a scheme which offers a one-off grant payment in the shape of vouchers as a means of encouraging green heating uptake. The vouchers are available on a first come first served basis until the scheme closes its doors next March, prior to the launch of the domestic Renwable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Spring 2014.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) and the RHI are targeted at households which aren’t connected to the gas grid. By generating their own renewable heat householders will be able to make the switch from traditional expensive methods of heating, succeeding in both lowering their energy bills and cutting their household carbon footprint by introducing a more efficient means of heating their homes.
Since the RHPP arrived on the scene in 2011, over 10,000 households have benefited from the voucher scheme. Now into its second phase, the Government has more than doubled the level of support available for some technologies.
Until 31 March 2014 the following voucher values can be applied for:
- Ground source heat pump – £2,300
- Biomass boiler – £2,000
- Air source heat pump – £1,300
- Solar thermal – £600
Anyone applying for vouchers must make sure they have had a Green Deal assessment beforehand. Essentially a survey of a property’s energy efficiency, the assessment will recommend a range of energy saving measures. Householders will be required to pay for a Green Deal assessor to visit their property, however the increase in RHPP voucher values is designed to reflect this.