Renewable Heat Incentive changes in 2017

On Wednesday 14th December at the Heat Summit, the Minister for Energy, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, announced changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which will come into effect in spring 2017.

The scheme which was launched on 9th April 2014, will continue to support the four technologies currently being supported, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Air Source Heat Pumps, Solar thermal & Biomass boilers.

The increased tariffs will be applicable to those participants who apply to the scheme on or after 14 December 2016, although the increase will only apply from the date the regulations come into force. Participants will receive the existing tariffs for heat used before this point.

  • The tariffs for new ASHPs will be increased to 10.02 pence per kilowatt-hour (p/kWh), with a heat demand limit set at 20,000kWh for ASHPs
  • The tariffs for new GSHPs will be increased to 19.55p/kWh, with a heat demand limit of 30,000kWh for GSHPs
  • All new ASHPs and GSHPs applying for support under the scheme will be required to have electricity metering to monitor their heating system. However, payments will continue to be on the basis of the deemed heating requirements of the property, except for second homes and where a renewable heating system is installed alongside another heating system, in which cases payments will continue to be on the basis of heat metering.

For full information on the changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive, visit the Energy Saving Trust website here.

If you are considering a heat pump for your home or business, then feel free to give us a call on 01603 898904 to discuss your requirements, or fill out our contact us form here.

Source: Energy Saving Trust

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