Renewable Heat Premium Payment – Phase 2

May 2, 2012

 The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is designed to help towards meeting the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home. If you’ve read about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), you may already be aware that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment is a different scheme to provide one-off grants prior to the introduction of the RHI for domestic customers.

What is the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?
This is a UK Government scheme designed to help you afford renewable technologies for your home, such as:

Solar thermal panels
Heat pumps ( air to water, ground source or water source but excluding air to air and exhaust air heat pumps), and
Biomass boilers
The amount received as part of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme depends on which technology you are applying for. The voucher values for each of the technologies are listed below:

Technology  Voucher Value 
Solar Thermal Hot Water  £300  
Air-to-Water Heat Pump  £850 
Ground-Source or Water-Source Heat Pump  £1250 
Biomass boiler  £950 

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme – Phase 2 will run from 1st May 2012 to 31st March 2013, subject to available funding.

Who can apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and your installation did not receive funding under RHPP Phase 1 you are eligible to apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment.

How you currently heat your home will depend on which technologies you are able to apply for.

Those who have recently removed a mains gas heating system or currently heat their home with mains gas are only eligible to apply for Solar Thermal.

However, if you currently rely on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity then you could also apply for air-to-water heat pumps, ground-source or water-source heat pumps and biomass boilers.

If you have any further questions about whether you can apply, please feel free to give one of our Advisors a call on 0800 512 012.

What do you have to do before applying?
1. The property must be owned by you and continue to be owned by you for the duration of the metering and survey requirements or if you are a tenant you must be purchasing the system yourself and have permission from the owner of the property;
2. If the property is a new build, then you must retain ownership of the property either as the occupier or as the Private Landlord.  Please note applications from installers, builder/developers or householders in relation to “off-plan” developments, are not eligible for support under this scheme;
3. Property must have loft insulation to 250mm and cavity wall insulation (where practical);
4. You should have all necessary planning and environmental permissions in place;
5. The product and installer you go with must be certified under the  Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) or Solar Keymark (or equivalent).
It is important you understand the full eligibility criteria before applying and read the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme FAQs. If you have any further questions, please e-mail these to RHPremium@est.org.uk.

The main difference between Phase 1 and Phase 2 – (HEAT PUMPS ONLY)
In order to help increase the rate of meter installation relative to Phase 1, a small change will be made to the voucher payment process. For heat pump installations, all householders will receive 80% of their voucher value when a valid claim is submitted, together with a signed checklist from the installer confirming whether or not the installation can be fitted with a meter. A copy of the ‘Installer Checklist’ can be found here. Householders will receive the final 20% following a visit from the metering team to check that the installation is really ‘meter ready’ and install a set of equipment, or if their installer has been trained to install monitoring equipment and installs it on EST’s behalf.  If a householder has indicated that they are not meter ready, they will receive the final 20% of the grant at the end of the scheme.

Installations of biomass boilers and solar thermal panels are not affected by this change.

It is important you understand the full eligibility criteria before applying and read the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme FAQs. If you have any further questions, please e-mail these to RHPremium@est.org.uk.

As the applicant it is your responsibility to ensure that all information supplied at application and claim stage is accurate and complete. Any information that you provided to the Energy Saving Trust that is subsequently found to be untrue, inaccurate or incomplete may affect your ability to claim your rebate. Accordingly, applications should not be submitted by your installer.

Metering and Surveys
The metering equipment provides live data to the Department of Energy and Climate Change to enable them to evaluate the performance of heat pumps. This is ground-breaking research. The results will be used to inform heat pump technology developments and future government policy. The Energy Saving Trust has commissioned the Building Research Establishment (BRE) to coordinate the monitoring programme. In addition to this, as a mandatory requirement for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, you will be asked to submit information about how the technology you have installed is performing in its environment via online surveys. This is to support the monitoring programme and allow the Government to learn as much as possible about renewable technologies.

It is a condition of the grant that you participate fully with the survey and metering programmes. Refusal to do so will result in your grant being withdrawn or reclaimed.

Preparation checklist
Check the technology is suitable for your home. Try our Home Energy Generation Selector tool which will identify the most suitable technologies for your home
Ensure you have all the basic energy efficiency measures installed in your home (cavity and loft installation)
Investigate all the various renewable technologies on offer and call our advice line on: 0800 512 012 for more advice and information
Try getting a minimum of three quotes from MCS certified installers or Solar Keymark (or equivalent).
Check planning permission (particularly for Air Source Heat Pumps)
Other considerations
No vouchers will be valid beyond 31st March 2013 but the expiry date on your voucher may be earlier than this.
Please note, the offer is cash limiting. Once the budget for the scheme is reached we will no longer be able to accept applications.
( taken from Energy Saving Trust website http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generate-your-own-energy/Financial-incentives/Renewable-Heat-Premium-Payment-Phase-2#3 )