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Householders across Great Britain will be able to get even more cash for renewable heating kit, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced.

The Government may be recognising after a series of (and still on-going) delays in the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme that it really needs to do something to restore Consumer faith that it does support renewables and energy conservation. On the 20 May 2013 the Government sweetened the Renewable Heat Premium Payments (RHPP) available under the scheme to domestic consumers by doubling the payments for some technologies. The money-off vouchers available under the RHPP scheme have been increased to £2,300 for ground source heat pumps, £2,000 for biomass boilers, £1,300 for air source heat pumps and £600 for solar thermal systems.

Alongside changes to the voucher values, householders will now be required to undertake a Green Deal Assessment and Occupancy Assessment before submitting a claim to the Energy Saving Trust to redeem their voucher.  The rationale for this additional requirement is that it will help householders think about how renewable heat could fit with energy efficiency improvements for their home and ensure they are advised on choosing the right technology for them.  The additional voucher values are intended to reflect the cost of the assessments, as well as the cost of getting these technologies installed in homes.

Whether this latter requirement will dis-incentivise Consumers we shall have to wait and see, although with a Green Deal Assessment and Occupancy Assessment costing in the region of £150 excl VAT, hopefully not.

The RHPP scheme, first launched in July 2011, is designed to encourage householders to switch to renewable heat from traditional heating systems by offering money off the cost of the equipment.  The scheme is targeted at those living off the gas grid, where most money on bills and carbon can be saved.

The EST has provided a useful FAQ explaining the scheme rules

Householders can apply for the RHPP scheme on the EST website

More information on the RHPP scheme can be found on the GOV.UK website