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Renewable heat discounts increased by up to £1050

Bigger savings on renewable heating for consumers

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Consumers can now get more money off renewable heating kits such as biomass boilers and heat pumps, the government announced this week.

The government has increased the value of the money-off vouchers available under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (RHPP). 

These vouchers can be put towards the installation in homes of renewable heating kits such as biomass boilers, air source and ground source heat pumps, and solar thermal panels.

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Money off renewable heating

Under the new terms of the RHPP scheme, householders can get money-off vouchers to the value of:

  • £2,300 for ground source heat pumps (a £1,050 increase on the previous amount)
  • £2,000 for biomass boilers (a £1,050 increase)
  • £1,300 for air source heat pumps (an £850 increase)
  • £600 for solar thermal (a £300 increase)

The new money off vouchers are available for any applications submitted after Monday 20th May – you can apply for them by visiting the Energy Saving Trust website. 

Green Deal assessment needed 

The other change to the RHPP is that any householder thinking of applying for the money-off vouchers will also now be required to undertake a Green Deal assessment first.

The RHPP scheme was set up by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in July 2011 to encourage householders to install renewable heating systems in their homes.

In addition to the vouchers, households will be paid for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of renewable heat they produce under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. This is expected to be introduced in spring 2014, with full details due to be announced this summer. 

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