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

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.
I received a grant under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme/Clear Skies Programme, can I apply for a voucher for a new different installation under this scheme?
Yes, although in these cases you cannot apply for funding for your existing installation and the new system must be used instead of an existing fossil fuel or electric heating system.
Can I still receive a grant if a non-certified installer performs the installation?
Only if an MCS certificated installer commissions the system after the non-certified installer has finished the installation. In this case, the certificated installer must fill out the completion certificate, and you must provide a suitable chain of invoices showing all of the costs of the installation.
Will I need planning permission for my installation or to notify my Local Authority?
Most installations are now classed as permitted development which means planning permission is not needed, but this will depend on the technology you are installing and where you live. Please check with your Local Authority before proceeding to ensure you have all of the correct permissions required and see further information on Planning Permission.
Are biomass hot air systems or wood burning stoves eligible?
No, only biomass systems which heat water to provide space heating are eligible. However, if your wood burning stove provides the main heating source through a back boiler, it will be eligible. Please be aware that Government is currently considering whether biomass stoves, even where they are the main heating source through a back boiler, will be supported under the long-term Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). At this stage, there is no guarantee that they will be. DECC will be consulting on support for domestic participants in due course.
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