This report summarises the findings from an evaluation of Phase Two of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP), commissioned by DECC and conducted by ICF Consulting.
The RHPP was a DECC scheme that provided a grant towards the capital cost of installing renewable heating technologies in domestic properties. It was funded by DECC and administered by the Energy Savings Trust. The Scheme operated in three phases: Phase One (August 2011 - March 2012), Phase Two (April 2012 - March 2013) and RHPP2 Extension (April 2013 - March 2014). The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was introduced in April 2014.
A detailed evaluation of the RHPP2 was carried out, looking at all the elements of the scheme. These were:
- vouchers for private householders to help with the cost of installing renewable heating technologies;
- competitions for social landlords to bid for grants to cover some of the costs of installing renewable heat technologies in social housing; and
- a Communities Scheme to install renewable heating technologies in private homes, facilitated by community groups.
The evaluation research involved questionnaires and interviews with scheme participants as well as those who did not take part or dropped out. These included private householders, social landlords, social tenants, community group leads and renewable heat installers.