Social landlords get bite of £7m RHPP fund

Published by Kate Anderson on July 25th, 2013

It seems a growing number of social landlords across Britain are chomping at the bit to get a bite of the £7 million Renewable Heat Premium Payment to help bring down their tenants’ heating bills by installing renewable heating. 

Yesterday (24 July) the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the lucky winners of the social landlords competition, naming the chosen 46 who would benefit from the scheme, taking a share of the £7 million pot provided in the latest round of the renewable heat competition.

Launched back in May, successful social landlords who put in a bid for a portion of the pot include Devon and Cornwall Housing and Stroud District Council, whose tenants will see the cost of their home heating bills fall once renewable heating products have been installed. While Stroud District council ia aiming to install more than 400 air source heat pumps, Devon and Cornwall Housing has plans to install in excess of 150 ground source heat pumps.

The RHPP for social landlords enables councils and housing associations to bid for funding to install a range of renewable heating, including heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal hot water.

Commenting on the renewable heat competition, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said the funding would be another boost for social landlords and would aid the installation of almost 2,400 renewable heating technologies and help cash strapped families save money by lowering their energy bills.

Barker added: “The second strand of our renewable heat competition is still open to bids so I would encourage those who have not yet taken advantage of the funding available to get on board.”

Bids were assessed by a panel of representatives which included the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Energy Saving Trust, with the winners selected on value for money and the range of renewable heat products being installed.

The window of opportunity for social landlords will remain open until 27 September 2013, with installations to be completed by June 2014.

RHI heat pump tariffs announced

Published by Kate Anderson on July 24th, 2013

Ever since the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was announced four years ago, domestic adopters of heat pumps and other green heat technologies have been forced to play one of the longest waiting games in history.

But when the Government published its proposed tariff rates earlier this month it meant the wait was finally over.

By announcing the RHI tariff rates the Department of Energy and Climate Change has effectively given renewable heat products a much needed confidence boost, encouraging households to embrace ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps as a cost-effective method of providing space heating and heating hot water.

The domestic RHI tariff rates the Government is proposing to pay households who have heat pumps installed are:

The Government has set various ground rules for green heat adopters who wish to apply for the RHI tariffs, including:

  • Heat pumps to have been installed after 15 July 2009.
  • Applicants to have a Green Deal assessment.
  • Homes must have at least 250mm of loft insulation and cavity wall insulation, where appropriate.

The Renewable Heat Incentive targets households whose homes aren’t connected to the mains gas grid to achieve lower energy bills by installing renewable heat products including heat pumps.

Up to £2,300 available for heat pumps with RHPP

Published by Kate Anderson on July 22nd, 2013

First introduced back in 2011 as a means of encouraging and supporting the uptake of renewable heat technologies, in May the Government announced plans to increase the values of its Renewable Heat Premium Payment voucher scheme.  

The RHPP as it tend to be known offers one-off grant payments to put towards the cost of installing air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and other renewable heat products. Thanks to the Department of Energy and Climate Change increasing the amount of financial assistance, it means more money is available to householders keen to switch to generating their own renewable heat.

From May 2013, £2,300 has been made available to help fund the cost of installing a ground source heat pump; this has been increased from £1,250 when the scheme was first launched in 2011. Air source heat pump grants don’t fair quite as well, although at £1,300 it’s an improvement on the previous figure of £850.

The RHPP will remain open for applicants until the end of March, prior to the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive itself, where green heating adopters eligible for RHI tariffs will get paid for generating their own renewable heat. It’s worth noting that vouchers are available on a first come, first served basis. So the sooner you apply the greater the chance of securing a grant.

To be eligible for the RHPP your home will need to be assessed as part of the Green Deal.  The survey will establish how energy efficient your home is and, where necessary, suggest energy saving measures to bring it up to an acceptable level.