Government scraps plans to remove Solar Thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)

Government scraps plans to remove Solar Thermal from the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI)

 

What is the RHI scheme?

In effect it is a scheme developed by the UK government to encourage householders, communities and businesses to install renewable energy to heat buildings. Driven by the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions the goal of the RHI scheme is to provide financial support for the owners of such systems.

The initial proposal of removing Solar Thermal from the RHI scheme published in March 2016 has been dropped.

An increase in Tariffs have been tabled for new Air and ground source heat pumps as well as Biomass Boiler installations.

The government is also proposing to implement at some stage in the future the possibility of a household being able to assign rights to RHI payments to a third party. This could pave the way for a new type of strategy from installation companies who could consider installing a system at a greatly reduced cost or possibly even free, with the proviso that the RHI payments are made directly to them.

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