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RHPP, Forerunner to Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Extended

By Katie Anderson on May 3, 2012

Renewables Guide is delighted to see the RHPP scheme extended to a 2nd phase, providing a bridge to the full renewable heat incentive scheme expected in 2013.

According to the latest Renewables Guide press release, there is good news for UK homeowners as the Government announces a second phase for the renewable heat premium payment scheme, which will run from the 01 May 2012 to 31 March 2013.

The renewable heat premium payment is a scheme that provides one off grants to domestic UK households who wish to install and use one of the renewable heat technologies that is part of the scheme. The RHPP scheme will eventually be replaced by the renewable heat incentive scheme, which is expected sometime in 2013.

£25 million in total will be spent by the government for the scheme’s second phase, £8 million has been set aside for a competition for community groups who install the relevant renewable technology, £10 million is for social housing and £7 million is for private householders whose homes are not heated by mains gas.

The RHPP scheme is designed to help UK homeowners with the cost of installing renewable technology, with the vouchers varying in their monetary value depending on which technology the customers apply for.

The voucher values for each technology are –

  1. Ground source heat pumps – £1,250/unit
  2. Biomass boilers – £950/unit
  3. Air source heat pumps – £850/unit
  4. Solar thermal – £300/unit (this grant is valid for houses heated by all types of fuels including gas)

David Holmes, Managing Director of Renewables Guide commented, “The extension to the renewable heat premium payment scheme is warmly welcomed, especially in light of the Governments recent announcement to delay launching the renewable heat incentive scheme. There is a real opportunity to reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions if more people chose to use renewable heat technologies, so financial reward schemes such as these are vitally important”.

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