Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Social Landlords Competition - Phase Two Extensions 2013/14


Fast-Track Competition Top Up

On the 03 December 2013 the Department of Energy and Climate Change made a further £2.5m available to those already in receipt of grants under the RHPP Social Landlord Fast Track Competition. Those eligible RSLs will have been notified directly about this opportunity.  Applications for additional funding closed on 31st January 2014 and any additional installations must be completed by 31st March 2014.


The Fast-Track Competition

On 2nd May 2013 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched two competitions for registered providers of social housing to bid for funds to install renewable heating technologies – heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal - in their housing stock.

The first of those, a Fast-Track competition aimed at social landlords that had projects already in the pipeline, closed on 28 June 2013.

DECC received more than 50 applications in the Fast-Track competition, from social landlords across England Scotland and Wales, bidding for funds to help with the cost of installations across of a range of renewable heating technologies.

On the 22nd July 2013 DECC announced the winning applications for this competition. The successful landlords shared funds of just over £7million and over the coming months will be working to install around 2000 renewable heating kits.

The winning projects were:

East of England and East Midlands (5)

  • Boston Mayflower
  • Broadland Housing Association
  • Colne Housing Society
  • Freebridge Community Housing
  • South Anglia Housing

London (2)

  • A2 Dominion Housing Group
  • Hastoe Housing Association

Midlands (9)

  • Aspire Housing
  • Festival Housing Ltd
  • Mercian Housing Association
  • Meres & Mosses HA
  • Moorlands Housing
  • Shropshire Rural Housing Ltd
  • South Shropshire Housing Ltd
  • Wrekin Housing
  • emh homes

North East England (2)

  • Fabrick - Tees Valley Housing
  • Three Rivers Housing Association

North West England (2)

  • Places for People
  • Two Castles Housing Association

Scotland (7)

  • Argyll Community Housing Association
  • Cairn Housing Association
  • Dumfries & Galloway H.P.
  • East Lothian Council
  • Hebridean Housing
  • Highland Council
  • Margaret Blackwood HA

South East England (5)

  • BPHA
  • Town & Country Housing
  • Wealden District Council
  • West Kent Housing Association
  • Winchester City Council

South West England (5)

  • Coastline Housing Ltd
  • Devon & Cornwall Housing Ltd
  • Ocean Housing
  • Stroud District Council
  • Tarka Housing

Yorkshire and the Humber (4)

  • Berneslai Homes
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • North Lincolnshire Homes

Wales (2)

  • Powys County Council
  • Wrexham County Borough Council

Read the list of fast track competition winners


The Reach-Out Competition

On 24th October 2013, a further 57 social landlords across Great Britain were awarded a share of £5 million to get more renewable heating into the homes of tenants under the Reach-Out Competition, which allowed applicants more time to submit their application than the first Fast-Track competition. The winners will use the cash to install a range of renewable heating kit in social homes.

The winning projects were:

East Midlands (5)

  • East Midlands Housing Association
  • Longhurst & Havelok Homes
  • North West Leicestershire
  • South Holland District Council
  • Spire Homes

East of England (6)

  • Colchester Borough Homes
  • Havebury Housing Group
  • Norwich City Council
  • South Cambridgeshire
  • Tendring District Council
  • Welwyn Hatfield

London (2)

  • Old Ford Housing Association
  • English Rural Housing Association

North East England (2)

  • Northumberland County Council
  • Teesdale Housing

North West England (9)

  • City West
  • Helena Partnerships
  • One Vision Housing
  • Places for People
  • Progress Housing Group
  • Ribble Valley Homes
  • Two Castles
  • Weaver Vale Housing
  • Wigan & Leigh Housing

Scotland (4)

  • Aberdeen Housing Partnership
  • Ayrshire Housing
  • Highland Council
  • Link Group Limited

South East England (8)

  • Amicus Horizon
  • Golding Homes
  • Island Cottages
  • Moat Homes
  • Red Kite Community Housing
  • Southern Housing Group
  • Town & Country Housing
  • Wealden District Council
  • Wokingham

South West England (8)

  • Coastline
  • Magna West Somerset Housing
  • Merlin Housing
  • Selwood Housing Bid 1
  • Selwood Housing Bid 2
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Teign Housing
  • Yarlington

Wales (6)

  • Charter Housing
  • Flintshire County Council
  • North Wales Housing
  • Tai Ceredigion
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Wales & West Housing

West Midlands (5)

  • Bromford Housing
  • Cannock Chase District Council
  • Shropshire Rural Housing Association
  • Trident Housing
  • Wrekin Housing

Read the list of competition winners

Under both competitions bids were reviewed by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and assessed by a panel chaired by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which included representatives from the Scottish and Welsh Governments. Bids were scored on a range of criteria including value for money, fuel to be replaced, additional energy efficiency measures to be installed and plans to work with local communities. The winning projects offer the best value for money and mix of renewable heat technologies to be installed.

The case study presentations from the Phase One winning landlords can be downloaded below:


Before you start...

If you're thinking about installing a system to generate your own heat, make sure your home is as well insulated as it can be so your heat-producing system can be most efficient.

Focus on improving insulation and tackling draughts.