Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – What is it?
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI for short) is the Government program that encourages the introduction of renewable energy technologies into existing domestic, social and commercial sectors. The Government is seeking to achieve 15% of the UK’s heating requirements to come from renewable technologies by 2020, and has earmarked £850 million in grants and Feed in Tariffs (FIT’s) to achieve it.
Clean Energy Cash-Back
"Clean Energy Cash-Back" (otherwise known as the Renewable Heat Incentive) encourages individuals, communities and others, to bring forward the introduction of renewable energy, by providing a financial incentive to switch from using fossil fuels for electricity and heat, to renewable technologies.
The final Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) details will be released in summer 2013 and schemes for payment will be formally launched in spring 2014. In addition installations completed after 15th July 2009, but before the start of the RHI, will also be allowed to benefit from the scheme, as if they had been installed on the date of its introduction.
What are the Feed In Tariffs (FITs) for Heating Appliances?
FIT’s are payments made as part of the RHI scheme, which will be claimed by, and paid to, the owner of the equipment. The Installer will need to be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), in order to ensure quality assurance and consumer protection. Payments will be paid over a number of years; annually for installations below 45 KW and quarterly for those above this level.
Are there Energy Efficiency Grants for Heat Emitters such as ThermaSkirt
Currently there are no separate grants for any room emitters by themselves (including radiators and underfloor heating) as any energy savings are deemed to be created by the heat source (such as heat pump, biomass or solar thermal). Low temperature emitters such as oversized radiators or under floor permit the best efficiencies of the heat source, but in terms of practicality and ease of installation ThermaSkirt is the best solution for the installation of renewable heat sources into existing buildings, hence the recent win at the National Heat Pump Awards.
ThermaSkirt is also featured in the recently publsihed Design Guide for Low Temperature Domestic Heating Systems which will be published by the BRE on behalf of DECC. Radiant heating systems such as ThermaSkirt are listed on page 12 of the DECC documents. See here for P12 of the design Guide