Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs increase

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariffs increase

The government RHI scheme that promotes ‘green’ heating technologies was recently updated – and it’s good news this time.

On Wednesday 20 September 2017, there were some important changes that could convince you to finally install a ground source heat pump or air source heat pump.

These changes stemmed from a government consultation on domestic RHI aimed at improving value for money, providing certainty to the renewable heat market and offering better consumer support.

One major change is an increase to the tariff payments for housing those technologies.

A typical house with an air-source heat pump could see a rise in the annual payments from £870-£940 to £1,140-£1,235. For ground-source heat pump models the annual payments are increasing from £2,355-£2,555 to £2,380-£2,585.

Higher tariffs mean that more people can afford to install green energy options in their homes, but it’s important to note that these calculations are based on four bedroom houses with 250mm of loft insulation and cavity wall insulation (solid wall insulation for properties with heat pumps.)

The consultation also resulted in the creation of a limit placed on annual heat demand for these technologies. The limit is 20,000kW for air-source heat pumps and 30,000kW for ground source pumps.

Payments are calculated based on the annual heat demand of properties as stated on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). You can check the heat demand on your EPC to know the amount that you will be paid under the RHI.

Eco Facilities Solutions are experts at advising on green heating alternatives, and are highly capable of installing effective air-source or ground-source heat pumps. Contact us today to start going ‘greeen!’