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Renewable Heat Incentive

On the morning of 9th April 2014, Greg Barker (Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change) announced the long-awaited launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. This news is fantastic for Cambridgeshire; our local community will be able to have warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills with reduced carbon emissions, and will receive cash payments from the Government.

There has never been a better time to have a renewable energy system installed. We install the latest MCS approved, energy saving, environmentally-friendly technology. As soon as our work is complete a member of our team will be on-hand to assist with your application for the most suitable government “index-linked” financial support package available.

With a well designed installation, matched to the correct renewable heat incentive, you can expect to see your initial investment repaid over a 5 to 7 year period, and in some cases there is even money left over to spend on energy efficient heating upgrades and the purchase of fuel.

Eco Installer, based in Sutton, Ely, Cambridgeshire offers free guidance on the Renewable Heat Intensive, local to Ramsey, Kings Lynn, Newmarket, Saffron Walden, Royston and Huntingdon. Please give our team a call on 01353 669000.

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) is a one-off grant designed to help towards the upfront costs of installing a renewable heating technology; solar thermal, heat pump or biomass, before the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for domestic customers is set to begin by Easter in 2014.

Premium payments for technologies are as follows:
Solar thermal - £600
Air to water heat pump - £1300
Biomass boiler - £2000
Ground or water source heat pump - £2300

More detailed information about the RHPP can be found here: RHPP FAQ

The domestic RHI scheme is fantastic news for home owners looking to replace their current heating system with a MCS approved renewable heat technology. The domestic RHI pays the equivalent of 20 years worth of payments over a 7 year period allowing a home owner to recoup their investment, and maybe even make a profit.

Current domestic RHI payments are as follows:
Solar thermal - 19.2p per kWh
Air source heat pump - 7.3p per kWh
Biomass - 12.2p per kWh
Ground source heat pump - 18.8p per kWh

More detailed information about the domestic RHI can be found here: RHI FAQ

The non-domestic RHI scheme supports renewable heat installations undertaken by landlords, businesses, industries, the public sector, as well as registered community heat networks. There is a massive interest in biomass systems due to the relatively short payback period of 5 to 6 years, giving some customers a profitable income where they used to have a regular outgoing.

Current non-domestic RHI tariffs are as follows:
Solar thermal - 9.2p per kWh
Biomass - 8.6p per kWh
Ground source heat pump - 4.8p per kWh

More detailed information about the non-domestic RHI can be found here: RHI FAQ

The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) are tax-free payments paid to the registered owner of an MCS approved solar PV installation for every kilowatt per hour generated. They are applicable to households and businesses as long as they meet a minimum band D energy performance certification. Current installations using these tariffs have an average payback of 7 years with 13 years of payments to come.

Current FITs are as follows:
Up to and including 4kW - 14.9p per kWh higher rate
4 to 10kW - 13.5p per kWh higher rate

More detailed information about the FITs can be found here: Feed In Tariff FAQ

With the Green Deal it is possible to make energy-saving improvements to your home or business without having to pay all the costs up front. Green Deal is a new UK government policy and currently Eco Installer are Green Deal approved for biomass, heat pumps and solar photovoltaic (PV) and will be adding further measures for boilers, heating controls and under-floor heating in the near future. We are working closely with the energy efficiency officers at East Cambridgeshire and Fenland District Councils on pilot projects and will have more to report back on soon.

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