Grants for renewable household heating

Householders installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground-source heat pumps and solar thermal panels can now apply for grant funding through a new government scheme.

The £15m Renewable Heat Premium Payment opened for applications on 1 August and will run until 31 March 2012, providing one-off grant vouchers worth £300 to £1,250, depending on the technology being installed.

For solar thermal products, any householder in England, Scotland and Wales can apply. For those installing ground-to-water, air-to-water or water-to-water heat pumps, and biomass boilers, support is targeted at those not connected to the gas grid, relying on fuels such as oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity for their heating.

All successful applicants will have to meet certain conditions (eg basic energy-efficiency measures must already be in place) and participants will be asked to provide detailed feedback on their experience. Installed products must be listed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, and be fitted by someone registered under the scheme, or equivalent.


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