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Renewable Heat Incentive News - Scheme Opens For Applications

Renewable Heat Incentive News - Scheme Opens For Applications

The long awaited Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is now open for applications, opening the door for businesses and communities to become eligible for payments for the energy they produce.

The renewable technologies included in the scheme are biomass boilers, solar thermal equipment and heat pumps installed since July 2009. Owners of biomass boilers will now be eligible for payments of up to 7.9pp per kWh for the energy they produce, over a guaranteed 20 year period.

Tim Minett, CPL Distribution Chief Executive, commented: “There has been a huge interest in the RHI but in the absence of absolute clarity over the tariff rates, people simply weren’t willing to trust politicians’ assurances given the backdrop of the cuts in feed-in-tariffs elsewhere.”

With the UK aiming to cut carbon emissions per 43 million tonnes by 2020, renewable heat and energy sources look set to play an increasingly important role. The Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, added: “Renewable heat will be a big win for our economy – it will support thousands of green jobs, reduce our dependency on imported fossil fuels, reduce our carbon emissions and help us meet our renewable target.”

The start of the scheme follows a short delay while the DECC finalised the tariff levels with the EU state aid rules. Organisations can now apply to become part of the RHI, which looks set to usher in a vibrant new green technology sector in the UK.