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.