How does the RHPP work?
The RHPP scheme allows domestic users to benefit and implement carbon reducing technologies.by providing grants towards their installation costs. The RHPP scheme works alongside the newly launched Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme which pays customers a fixed rate to generate heat using their renewable heat technology.
They work in the form of a grant voucher that can be used to contribute towards the cost of installing the relevant technology in your home. The value of these vouchers varies depending on the technology being installed :
- Solar thermal hot water £600
- Air-to-water heat pump £1,300
- Ground-source or water-source heat pump £2,300
- Biomass boiler £2,000
The scheme focuses on houses not heated by mains gas. These homes will be able to apply for grants for air-source and ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal. Homes heated by gas will be able to apply for a grant for a solar thermal installation.
In order to qualify for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment you must meet certain requirements:
- The system must be installed by a registered MCS installer
- The property must be owned by you, or you must purchase the system yourself and gain the permission of your landlord
- If the property is a new build you must retain ownership of the property (ie, the scheme is not open to developers)
- All appropriate planning and environmental permissions must be in place
- You must get a Green Deal Assessment carried out on your home by a qualified Adviser to determine whether a renewable heat technology will make a saving in your home
- The loft insulation should be a depth of 250mm and cavity wall insulation must be installed, where practical
- You must complete and return two customer surveys, so the Government can understand heating requirements in different types of homes
- As a condition of the scheme the Government will pay for a significant sample of homes to receive heat meters to monitor their energy use.
- The renewable heat system being installed must be registered under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
The scheme applies to England, Wales and Scotland. Once the budget for the scheme is reached (and there is a review point at £10m), there will be no more Renewable Heat Premium Payments – so apply now!
Applying for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment
Before you apply do ensure that you have complied with all of the above requirements. Your installer will be able to assist you with getting most of these things done.
When you are ready you can fill out a Renewable Heat Premium Payment application online with the EST.
If you meet the conditions you will receive a voucher which you have a set period to redeem. You can redeem the voucher by returning a signed version with a copy of the invoice and a certificate from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. The money will then be paid into your bank account.
And more benefits!
People who have installed renewable heating systems under the Premium Payments scheme will also be eligible for support through the Renewable Heat Incentive providing they meet the eligibility criteria of the full RHI scheme, as will anybody else who has installed eligible equipment after 15 July 2009.
- What are the Renewable Heat Premium Payment eligibility criteria?
- The main criteria are as follows:
- Applicants must be the owners of or reside in the property for which the grant is applied (alternatively applicants who have leasehold ownership or tenancy occupation must have permission from the property freeholder) and it must be their primary residence.
- For heating systems other than solar thermal, this must be the main heating system in the house.
- The installation address must be situated in England, Scotland or Wales (the scheme is not available to addresses in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) and must be the applicant primary residence or a property occupied for the majority of the year.
- Eligible technologies are Solar Thermal Hot Water, Air to water source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, water to water heat pumps and biomass fuelled boilers (eg wood or wood pellet). Air to air heat pumps, wood fuelled stoves (unless they are part of a system with a back boiler) and bioliquid fuelled systems are not eligible for this scheme.
- Solar Thermal Hot Water systems will be available to all householders.
- For other technologies applicants must not currently use mains gas supply for their heating system.
- Applicants must use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificated installer (www.microgenerationcertification.org) and product or equivalent.
- Renewable heating systems must supply a permanent residential building (mobile homes, caravans, house boats and systems heating swimming pools only are not eligible).
- Basic energy efficiency measures must have been installed at the installation address (loft insulation up to 250mm where appropriate, cavity wall insulation where practicable).
- Applicants must have received all relevant permissions for the installation including planning permission where required. If in doubt, please confirm with your local authority whether planning permission is required.
- What is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?
- The RHI will provide payments over a set period of time to generators of renewable heat. It starts in September 2011 for industrial, commercial and public sector installations and Government has announced its intention to make support under the scheme available to households in Autumn 2012.
- If I receive a Renewable Heat Premium Payment, will I be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive when it is introduced?
- The Government has confirmed that renewable heat installations installed in homes since 15 July 2009 will get the Renewable Heat Incentive once it comes in, provided they meet the eligibility criteria. They have also confirmed that this will include those who receive support under the RHPP scheme. However, the Government has not yet published its proposals for how the RHI will work in the domestic sector, so we cannot at this stage provide more information on this. In particular we cannot guarantee that those eligible for an RHPP grant will also be eligible for the RHI.
- Why do I have to use an MCS installer and product or equivalent?
- Installers and products used for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme are certified by MCS (or an equivalent) which is an independent certification scheme designed to certify microgeneration products and installers in accordance with consistent standards. The primary aim of the MCS is to provide consumers with confidence and protection by guaranteeing that microgeneration products and installers who carry the mark meet, and will continue to meet, these robust quality standards.
- If I make a successful application to the scheme and receive a Renewable Heat Premium Payment voucher, how long is it valid for?
- This depends on the technology you have applied for. The voucher validity periods for each of the technologies are listed below.
- Solar Thermal Hot Water - 3 months
- Air Source Heat Pump - 5 months
- Ground Source Heat Pump - 6 months
- Biomass boiler - 6 months
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