Renewable Heating Incentive

Many people have heard of the Renewable Heat Incentive, but not everyone knows exactly what it is. Put simply, it is a government scheme that is designed to encourage more people to make use of renewable heating options rather than using more traditional options.

How does the system work?

It is important to understand the system has been designed for release in several phases. While householders can take advantage of the system, they will not be able to do so until phase two. If you are interested in the Renewable Heating Incentive, keep an eye on the latest information from the government so you know when you can make use of the scheme.

Businesses can also take advantage of the scheme, and indeed non-domestic installations of this kind can already check their eligibility for the payment.

How does the scheme provide encouragement for more people to use renewable energy sources?

The idea is to provide a fixed payment to people who make use of this type of energy source.

For example, let’s say after careful consideration you decide to install solar thermal panels at your property. You could also decide to opt for a ground source heat pump or perhaps a biomass boiler, but we’ll use solar thermal in this example.

Once your installation is in and working, you will measure the amount of heat it produces for your home. The fixed amount mentioned earlier is then paid to you. This amount can only be determined when three things are known:

– The heat output you have measured
– The method of renewable heat you have used
– The size of the heating system you have used

Of course this information is dependent on the final details of the scheme when they are released. At the moment the government is going through a series of consultations, the last of which closes on 7th December 2012. At some point after this date there should be more information available on the next phase.

Will this inspire you to think more seriously about getting renewable heating for your home?

While we are still waiting to find out more about the domestic phase of this government incentive, this would still be a good time to consider your options. Obviously you need to work out which renewable heat method would be best for your home, and how much it would cost to install. It’s worth crunching a few numbers now, so when the scheme does get underway for householders to take advantage of, you will be ready and prepared to take the next steps.

The Renewable Heating Incentive could be one of the best things to happen in the heating industry for many years.

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