Thursday, 21 July 2011
The DECC has just announced a support package of £15 million to support up to 25,000 renewable heat installations across homes in the UK.
The grants will be available for biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels.
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, which opens for applications on the 1st August 2011 will run until March 2012.
Currently, some 4 million homes in Britain are not heated by mains gas. These are the properties the Government scheme is hoping to target.
Participants will be expected to give detailed feedback on their experiences using the new forms of heating.
*The grants available will be:
Ground Source Heat Pump - £1250 grant (for homes without mains gas heating).
Biomass boiler - £950 grant (for homes without mains gas heating).
Air source heat pump - £850 grant (for homes without mains gas heating).
Solar thermal hot water panels - £300 grant (available to all households regardless of the type of heating system used).
£3 million is going to be set aside for registered social landlords to improve their housing. Application details for landlords will be announced later.
For now, householders can apply from the 1st August. You'll need to ensure you have basic energy efficiency measures already in place. Grants will be available on a first come - first served basis.
You can call the Energy Saving Trust 0800 512 012 or find more information here.
Note - when we tried earlier this morning, the Energy Saving Trust's website page was reporting an error.
*source: Department of Energy and Climate - click here
photo credit: derrick tyson