Heat Pump Guide

June 17, 2011 06:09 ET

Renewable Heat Incentive to Launch in July With Phase One: The Premium Payment Initiative

LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 17, 2011) - From July, the Renewable Heat Incentive comes into force and Heat Pump Guide, the UK's leading resource for exhaust, ground and air source heat pumps, says the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive is an ideal way to encourage more and more homeowners and businesses to switch to using renewable energy.

The first phase of the RHI kicks off with the RHI Premium Payment, which will see up to 25,000 installations supported by a one-off Premium Payment, which has been designed to help people cover the purchase price of green heating systems. Those taking up the Premium will then be able to apply for a RHI tariff - the second phase of the initiative - which comes in to play in autumn 2012, when the Government's Green Deal begins, as will anyone who has had eligible equipment installed from July 2009. The tariff, which will run for 20 years, will provide fixed annual payments to people who install renewable heating systems.

A renewable heat system is any type of device which allows a property to generate central heating and water heating from a renewable source of energy, like the sun or air. There will be clear eligibility criteria in order to qualify for a Premium Payment and recipients need to have a well-insulated home based on its energy performance certificate and must agree to give feedback on how the equipment performs.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have announced that the following amounts are likely to be available:

- Solar Thermal - £300/unit

- Air Source Heat Pumps - £850/unit

- Biomass boilers - £950/unit

- Ground Source Heat Pumps - £1,250/unit

David Holmes, founder of Heat Pump Guide says: "The Renewable Heat Incentive is the first scheme of its kind in the world. With energy prices an on-going concern for consumers, many thousands of households will be eager to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive and start generating their own energy.

"For anyone keen to install a renewable heating system in their home to take advantage of the scheme, it's important to make sure the renewable technology they choose is right for their home. If people aren't sold the right renewable heating system to suit their home and their specific needs, they could be spending thousands of pounds on equipment that's either totally unsuitable or isn't installed properly."

For more information about ground and air source heat pumps, and to get a free heat pump quote, visit www.heatpumpguide.co.uk.

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