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

What is the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is a scheme to support people who want to install renewable heat technologies. It will also help the government learn more about how these technologies work in practice, prior to the expansion of the Renewable Heat Incentive to the household sector.
How will the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme work?
Individuals will be able to apply for a voucher which will be issued once they fill in the form. Once one of the qualifying technologies has been installed the voucher can be exchanged for grant money. If you are issued with a voucher you are not required to then install equipment but if you do, the voucher is a promise that you will receive the appropriate grant once your equipment has been installed and as long as the relevant conditions of the voucher are met. If you decide you will not use the voucher please inform the Energy Saving Trust, who are administering the scheme, as soon as possible.
Will I need to pay for any monitoring that is carried out?
A significant proportion of applicants will be approached by Energy Saving Trust to have additional meters attached to their installation which will monitor the performance of the heating system. They will not have to pay for these or take readings themselves. Everyone has to agree to let a meter be installed as part of the terms and conditions of the scheme. For everyone else, any meters and controls which come with the product already will be sufficient. You will be asked through surveys information about these meters and the bills that you get; and in particular how easy it is to understand the meters and the controls, as well as general feedback on your satisfaction with the system installation and its performance.
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.
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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