More solar thermal grants now availableExtra money for homes without mains gas

31 March 2012

More money is now available to help households install heating systems that make use of renewable energy, the government revealed this week.

The government has announced a second phase of its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Premium Payments scheme, offering grants for installing solar thermal heating systems, biomass boilers, air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. 

The first phase of the RHI Premium Payments scheme ends on 31 March. Households will be able to pre-register for the new scheme on 2 April and apply for the grants from 1 May. 

Renewable Heat Incentive Premium Payments 

The grants available will be the of same value and cover the same technologies as in the original scheme:

  • £300 for a solar thermal heating system
  • £850 for an air source heat pump
  • £950 for a biomass boiler 
  • £1,250 for ground source heat pump installations 

All households will be able to apply for solar thermal grants, while the grants for biomass boilers and heat pumps will only be available to homes which are not heated by mains gas. 

Benefits of renewable heating systems

Installing a renewable heating system such as a heat pump or biomass boiler means you can generate your own energy at home, helping to reduce both your energy bill and your carbon footprint.

If you're interested in installing one of these systems, read our guides to solar water heating, ground source heat pumps and wood heating systems.

There are some conditions to the RHI Premium Payments being granted, such as your home meeting minimum energy efficiency standards - you can read more about these conditions on the Department for Energy and Climate Change website.

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