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August 25, 2011 11:45 ET

There's Never Been a Better Time to Invest in Solar Water Heating With the RHPP Scheme Says Solar Guide

LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) - Financial support is now available for homeowners wishing to invest in solar water heating, thanks to a scheme which has been established to encourage the uptake of renewable heating technologies, such as solar thermal.

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme is the first phase of the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and is offering homeowners and social housing tenants a one-off grant to help fund the cost of installing the renewable heating technology.

The UK Government has set aside around £15 million to enable up to 25,000 installations, with £12 million on offer to domestic customers. £3 million is available to social housing tenants and grants of £300 can be applied for during the duration of the scheme, which runs from 1 August 2011 to March 2012.

There are a variety of ways in which you can benefit from installing solar water heating with the RHPP, including:

  • If you're eligible you'll get a £300 grant to help fund the initial installation of the technology.
  • Once the heating system has been fitted by an approved Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installer, you'll also be eligible for the RHI tariff.
  • Installing solar thermal technology will help you to reduce your heating costs.
  • Using a renewable heating system will also help you to reduce your carbon emissions.

David Holmes, founder of Solar Guide, says: "Thanks to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, there's never been a better time to invest in a green solar hot water system.

"Aside from benefitting from a one-off payment to assist the purchase of a solar thermal system, those taking up the premium payment will then be eligible for the RHI tariff when it comes into force in October 2012."

Aimed at the 4 million or so UK homes that aren't heated by mains gas, to qualify for the RHPP, you will need to meet certain criteria. For example, your property will need to be well insulated based on its energy performance certificate and you will need to agree to give feedback on how the equipment you've had installed performs.

The £300 grants are available in the form of vouchers on a first-come, first-served basis. Vouchers can be obtained via the Energy Saving Trust, who is administering the scheme on behalf of the Government.

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