Renewable heat grants up for grabs

From today (1 August 2011), householders could get government funding to help install renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers and solar thermal panels. Money will be available for up to 25,000 installations over the next year, with grants being awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Find out more about the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme

At the moment, half of the UK’s carbon emissions come from the energy used to generate heat. As a result, a switch to low carbon heating is vital to meet the UK’s carbon targets.

To help homeowners with the cost of installing renewable heating systems, the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme will provide eligible households with grants of up to £1,250.

From 1 August, grants for the following technologies will be available:

• ground source or water source heat pump – £1,250 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)

• biomass boiler – £950 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)

• air source heat pump – £850 grant (for homes without mains gas heating)

• solar thermal hot water panels – £300 grant (available to all British households)

Qualifying for a renewable heat grant

Energy grants

Find out more about other types of grant to help make your home more energy efficient

Energy grants

The scheme will be mainly focused at the 5.5 million households in Great Britain not heated by mains gas.

Rather than mains gas, these households have to rely on expensive and higher carbon forms of heating such as heating oil and electric fires to keep warm.

To qualify, householders will need to ensure they have basic energy efficiency measures in place before applying from 1 August.

Apply for a renewable heat grant

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme runs from 1 August 2011 until 31 March 2012. Homeowners can get more details now by following the link below. Alternatively, call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012.

Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme – further information Opens new window

If you are successful you will be given a voucher.

Once the new heating system is installed, the voucher can be redeemed for a cash repayment as long as the scheme rules and the terms of that voucher have been met.

In return for the grant, homeowners will have to agree to fill in a survey on their energy use. In a proportion of homes the government will pay for extra metering to monitor actual energy use.

Running your renewable heat equipment

People who install renewable heating systems under the scheme could also get extra support under the Renewable Heat Incentive from October 2012, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Householders who have installed eligible equipment since 15 July 2009 could also qualify for support from October 2012 from the Renewable Heat Incentive.

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