Biomass Boilers Receive £950 RHI Grant

22nd Jul 2011

With the launch of the first phase of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, the Premium Payment scheme will see a grant of £950 made available towards the installation of domestic biomass boilers.

A one-off payment, the grant is designed to assist homeowners looking to benefit from renewable heating by installing wood fuelled heating technology. The scheme will run from 1 August to March 2012, and is aimed at the four million households in the UK whose heating isn’t supplied by mains gas.

Grants – which come in the form of vouchers – are available on a first come first serve basis, with the Government allotting around £15 million to assist homeowners with the cost of purchasing a renewable heating system. Up to 25,000 installations of renewable heating technology will be eligible for the one-off payment.

To qualify for the scheme homeowners will need a well insulated house based on its energy certificate, and they must use an MCS accredited installer.

Instead of burning gas or oil, a biomass boiler burns wood in the form of logs, wood chips or pellets. Wood burning stoves are suitable for heating any room that has a flue or a chimney.

Developed by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) the aim of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is to encourage people to switch to renewable heat alternatives as a means of increasing heating generation from renewable energy sources to 12% by 2020.

For more information and to apply for a voucher call 0800 512 012 or visit the Energy Saving Trust, who are running the scheme.