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The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is a one-off grant designed to help towards meeting the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home, until the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is introduced for domestic customers.
An extension to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme was announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 26 March 2013. The scheme is being extended until the end of March 2014, ahead of the RHI scheme for householders.
The extension continues to offer one-off grants to householders across England, Scotland and Wales to help with the cost of installing renewable heating technologies and will also include a competition for registered social landlords to bid for funds to install renewable heat technologies.
Applicants should note that even though the RHPP scheme is being extended, householders who applied before 31 March 2013 must redeem their voucher by their stated voucher expiry date or 31 March 2013, whichever was sooner. If you miss the stated deadline, you will be able to re-apply once the extension is live from 1 April 2013.
This is a UK Government scheme designed to help you afford renewable technologies for your home, such as:
|Solar thermal hot water||£300|
|Air-to-water heat pump||£850|
|Ground-source or water-source heat pump||£1250|
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme - Phase 2 extension will run from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, subject to available funding.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and your installation did not receive funding under RHPP Phase 1, the RHPP Social Landlord Scheme nor the RHPP Communities Scheme you are eligible to apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment. Your installation must also not have been commissioned for the first time, as detailed on your MCS certificate, before 21 July 2011.
If you live in Northern Ireland, find out more about the Renewable Heat Premium Payment at the DETI website.
How you currently heat your home will depend on which technologies you are able to apply for:
If you have any further questions about whether you can apply, call our helpline:
It is important to understand the full eligibility criteria before applying.
If you have any further questions, please email these to RHPremium@est.org.uk
Installations of biomass boilers and solar thermal panels are not affected by this change.
In order to help increase the rate of meter installation relative to Phase 1, a small change will be made to the voucher payment process. For heat pump installations, all householders will receive 80% of their voucher value when a valid claim is submitted, together with a signed checklist from the installer confirming whether or not the installation can be fitted with a meter. Householders will receive the final 20% following a visit from the metering team to check that the installation is really ‘meter ready’ and install a set of equipment, or if their installer has been trained to install monitoring equipment and installs it on EST’s behalf. If a householder has indicated that they are not meter ready, they will receive the final 20% of the grant at the end of the scheme.
It is important you understand the full eligibility criteria before applying and read the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme FAQ. If you have any further questions, please email these to RHPremium@est.org.uk.
As the applicant it is your responsibility to ensure that all information supplied at application and claim stage is accurate and complete. Any information that you provided to the Energy Saving Trust that is subsequently found to be untrue, inaccurate or incomplete may affect your ability to claim your rebate. Accordingly, applications should not be submitted by your installer.
The metering equipment provides live data to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to enable them to evaluate the performance of heat pumps. This is ground-breaking research. The results will be used to inform heat pump technology developments and future government policy. The Energy Saving Trust has commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to coordinate the monitoring programme. In addition to this, as a mandatory requirement for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, you will be asked to submit information about how the technology you have installed is performing in its environment via online surveys. This is to support the monitoring programme and allow the Government to learn as much as possible about renewable technologies.
It is a condition of the grant that you participate fully with the survey and metering programmes. Refusal to do so will result in your grant being withdrawn or reclaimed.
A number of MCS installers have attended training events organised by BRE on the technical metering requirements of the RHPP2 scheme and have signed sub-contracts with BRE which enable them to install monitoring equipment at appropriate sites under the scheme. These firms are listed below:
ACS Renewable Solutions Ltd
Baystar Energy Efficient Systems
Dorset Energy Solutions Ltd
Ecotec Services Ltd
Ground Heat Installations Ltd
Husky Heat Pumps
Source Energy Ltd
WDS Green Energy Ltd
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Community Scheme will support communities to deliver clusters of domestic renewable heating systems. Applications opened on 24 July and will run until 7 September. The RHPP community scheme aims to provide communities with the opportunity to cost-effectively organise local buying groups for renewable heating systems, potentially accessing bulk discounts and facilitating easier deployment for installers.
By piloting this approach, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is seeking to understand more about the potential financial, community and environmental benefits from community-led deployment of renewable heat. The Scheme will support installation of renewable heating systems in homes by providing vouchers to householders. It is targeted at making renewable heating affordable for middle to low income households and aims to maximise carbon reduction by reaching homes with high carbon heating systems that are expensive to run (especially those off the gas network) and ensuring that heating systems are installed after or alongside energy efficiency measures.
Development support will be provided to successful groups and they will be expected to collaborate with others to share information. The programme will also publish key findings to help other groups to replicate successful approaches in the future.
Technologies that are supported under the scheme include solar thermal panels, biomass boilers, and heat pumps (air to water, ground source or water source, excluding air to air and exhaust air heat pumps).
Please ensure you read all of the above documentation before applying. Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the communities team:
We aim to respond to queries within two working days.
The launch event for the Communities Stream took place on 24 July 2012.
For the latest information on the Social Landlords competition, see phase 3 of the RHPP.
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