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.