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.

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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.

Requirements

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)

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Important information

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.

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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.

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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.

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FAQs

How do I apply for a Renewable Heat Premium Payment?
The scheme opened to applications on 1st August 2011. You can apply online by going to the Energy Saving Trust website (www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/RHPP). Your should ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria. It is very important that those with vouchers check they have met all the conditions on that voucher, as claims may not be paid if the scheme terms and conditions and the terms on the voucher have not been met. Receiving a voucher is not sufficient evidence that you are entitled to a grant.
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.
Can I apply for more than one technology?
Yes, although you must complete a separate application form for each technology. You cannot apply twice for the same technology at the same installation address.
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.
Will I need an environmental permit for my installation?
For biomass boilers and some ground source heat pumps (open loop, or closed loop systems which are also near a river or body of water), an environmental permit will be needed. Contact the Environment Agency for more details.
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