Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme
RHPP Social Landlord Reach-Out competition winners (24 October 2013)
On 2 May 2013 we launched two competitions for registered providers of social housing to bid for funds to install renewable heating technologies – heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal - in their housing stock.
The first of those, a Fast-Track competition aimed at social landlords that had projects already in the pipeline, closed for bids on 28 June 2013. Winners were announced on 23 July 2013.
The second competition - Reach-Out - closed for bids on 27th September 2013. This competition was aimed at social landlords who needed more help, information or encouragement before applying for the scheme.
We were very pleased that the Reach Out competition attracted such a high level of good quality bids from social landlords across England, Scotland and Wales, and are delighted to be able to announce the names of the winning applications for this competition.
57 successful landlords will share funds of just under £5 million working to install over 2,000 renewable heating kits over the coming months.
Read the press release: Another £5m for social landlords to install renewable heat
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) voucher scheme is part of a wider government programme which aims to gain 15% of the UK’s energy demand from renewable sources by 2020. The RHPP scheme makes one-off payments to householders to help them buy renewable heating technologies – solar thermal panels, heat pumps and biomass boilers.
This scheme will also allow us to learn more about what people think of these technologies and how they perform in a variety of conditions.
The scheme has been running since August 2011 and it was announced in March 2013 that the Household Voucher Scheme would be extended until 31st March 2014, with two new Social Landlord competitions announced in May 2013.
Household Voucher Scheme
Householders are able to apply for a one-off grant to help with the cost of installing renewable heating systems. The value of these vouchers increased in May 2013, a change which we hope will encourage even more people to consider switching to renewable heating. We believe this increase represents a good deal for consumers and a fair balance across the technologies.
As part of this increase some of the rules under eligibility for the scheme have also changed. Applicants will need to undertake a Green Deal Assessment before submitting a claim to EST.
For help finding a Green Deal Assessor or advice on RHPP call the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.
Apply for the RHPP on line via the Energy Saving Trust website.
Social Landlord competitions
Following a successful competition last year, we ran two further competitions for registered providers of social housing, where they bid for funds to install renewable heating technologies in their housing stock. A budget of £12m has now been allocated for these two competitions which were open to all registered social landlords; this includes local authorities, charities, private companies and partnerships.
We were keen to support a wide range of social landlords and therefore launched two separate competitions:
- A ‘Fast- Track’ competition aimed at social landlords that have projects already in the pipeline;
- A ‘Reach–Out’ competition aimed at those social landlords who had previously thought the RHPP competition was not for them, or who need to find out more before committing and require support with applications.
Both the Fast-Track and Reach-Out Competitions have now closed for applications.
The Reach-Out competition was supported by a series of stakeholder engagement events across England, Scotland and Wales during the summer 2013.
These events engaged with a number of social landlords who may not have previously considered installing renewable heat technologies into their housing stock, providing advice and information as well as the opportunity to network with industry professionals.
Read the Fast-Track competition press release: £7m for social landlord renewable heat projects
Read the Reach-Out competition press release: [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/another-5m-for-social-landlords-to-install-renewable-heat)
A brief history of the RHPP
Phase one of the RHPP scheme ran until 31 March 2012 and had two components, a grant scheme open to individual householders and a competition for social housing.
More detail of Phase 1 is available on the National Archives.
On 26 March 2012, we announced a second phase to the RHPP scheme to provide further short-term support for installations of renewable heat technologies in the household sector. This phase consists of 3 elements:
- Householder voucher scheme
- Communities scheme
- Social landlords competition 1, 2 and 3
More detail of the schemes in Phase 2 is available on the National Archives.
Details of a new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders were announced on 12 July 2013. The scheme is designed to further increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies in homes across Great Britain, to cut carbon and to help meet renewable heating targets while saving money on bills. We intend to open the scheme for applications in Spring 2014.
Eligibility for the RHI householder scheme
The domestic RHI scheme will be made available to homeowners, private and social landlords, third party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes.
People who have installed the kit under the Premium Payments will still be able to apply for support through the RHI providing they meet the eligibility criteria of the scheme - as will anybody else who has installed eligible equipment since 15 July 2009. For recipients of RHPP funding, as with all applicants that have received public funding for their eligible heating system, the value of this funding will be deducted from RHI payments to prevent a double subsidy.
The RHI is a world first, and has been up and running for the non-domestic sector since November 2011.
The current Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme helps businesses, the public sector and non-profit organisations meet the cost of installing renewable heat technologies.
This is a summary of the conditions. You can read more details on RHI or call the Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) on 0300 123 1234.
Visit the Energy Saving Trust website for full details of how the scheme works and eligibility rules.
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