As environmental awareness hits an all-time high, many of us are looking at different ways we can ‘go green’. From recycling to the use of renewable energy, we are confronted by a number of different options every day. With a wide range of grants readily available, transforming your heating system into an eco-friendly solution has never been easier.
Significantly reducing supply and installation costs, a grant can often make all the difference in deciding to invest in a new, ‘greener’ system. Those grants available differ from area to area, so a little research is needed on your part. However, once you have found out what is on offer, REM is more than happy to apply on your behalf in the case of a domestic property. A grant submission is normally required before any work is started and an approved technology needs to be installed by an accepted supplier, such as REM.
Renewable Heat Incentive
First introduced in November 2010, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government-funded incentive scheme which encourages heat generation from renewable sources. The RHI rewards those installing renewable heat technologies in their homes or businesses with an annual payment for the heat their systems produce. It promises to pay the homeowner an annual grant for 20 years dependent on the technology installed and the reduction in energy usage.
Although delayed until summer 2013, the second phase of the RHI scheme will extend tariff support to the domestic sector to coincide with the introduction of the Green Deal for Homes. A full explanation of the RHI can be found at https://www.gov.uk/renewableheatincentive
Renewable Heat Premium Payment
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme offers one-off payments to private homeowners and social housing providers looking to invest in renewable heating systems such as solar thermal panels, ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and air source heat pumps. As a forerunner of the RHI for domestic customers, the RHPP was originally set to end on 31st March 2012. However, following the delayed launch of phase two of the RHI, the Government announced that the RHPP would begin its second year-long phase on 2nd April 2012 with an increased budget of £25 million. Read about the extension to the RHPP scheme at http://www.remltd.org/news/206/.
Low Carbon Buildings Programme
The Low Carbon Buildings Programme grants closed to all new applicants on 24th May 2010, however commercial grants are still available http://www.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=1332 For more information about these grants, please visit Carbon Trust and/or MCS.