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Free grants for greener heating systems announced

Up to £1,250 available if you take up green heat

Air source heat pumps

Air source heat pump can save £400 a year

The government is to give out grants of up to £1250 to householders wishing to install ‘greener’ technologies to heat their homes.

From 1 August 2011, Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) grants for installing the following greener heating technologies will be available:

ground source heat pumps – £1250 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
• biomass boilers – £950 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
air source heat pumps – £850 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)
solar thermal hot water panels – £300 grant (available to all households regardless of the type of heating system used).

Renewable Heat Premium Payment

Which? energy expert Sylvia Baron says: ‘If your house is not connected to the mains gas grid and you are using traditionally expensive ways to heat your home, like heating oil or electric heaters, then this might benefit you.’

The grants will be available as part of the Renewable Heat Incentive  (RHI), and are available to early adopters of these technologies in exchange for agreeing to give feedback and for the installation to be monitored through surveys and possibly through metering. 

Later in 2012, the Renewable Heat Incentive will come into effect, paying householders who have installed renewable heat technologies for the heat they produce, similar to the existing Feed-in tariff, which is paid to those generating renewable electricity. It’s anticipated that people who install renewable heat technologies now via the RHPP might be eligible for the RHI payments once they come into effect.

RHPP eligibility

The RHPP will be available from 1 August 2011 to 31 March 2012 on a first come, first served basis. It is limited to £15m in total and to 25,000 installations in England, Scotland and Wales.

The government has also confirmed that renewable heat installations installed in homes since 15 July 2009 could receive the Renewable Heat Incentive once it comes in, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Applying for RHPP

The Premium Payment scheme will be run by the Energy Saving Trust and from today an information line and website will go live to provide people with more information. 

Householders can call 0800 512 012 or visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

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