NH enhances residential wood pellet heat incentive

By Lisa Gibson | August 23, 2011

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is enhancing its rebate program for residential pellet heat, offering a 30 percent system and installation rebate of up to $6,000 on bulk-fed wood pellet central boilers and furnaces.

The previous program required an 85 percent efficiency increase in order to qualify for the rebate, but now only requires 80 percent. In addition, the previous version required units be self-cleaning, whereas the new one allows for some routine cleaning.

The rebate program requires pre-approval for any eligible residential units installed between April 14, 2010 and February 12, or when funds run out, whichever comes first, according to the PUC. Pre-approval, which cannot be done electronically, reserves a place in the funding queue, but expires three months from the date the application is submitted, or February 12, whichever comes first. Once the system has been installed, the homeowner must complete and submit a rebate request form.

The program stipulates a particulate matter emission rating, basic system attributes, bulk fuel capability features and key safety features.

The goals of the new rebate program are to stimulate economic development through market expansion of local fuels and manufacturing; create and retain jobs in the clean energy sector; expand the market of available wood pellet central heating systems; increase sales and installation of the systems; develop a stable and competitive wood pellet bulk fuel delivery infrastructure; reduce fossil fuel use for home heating; and reduce emissions from fossil fuels.

Earlier this year, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin publicly requested that agencies within his state launch a similar program, offering rebates for investment in both residential and commercial pellet-burning equipment.

For more information or to apply, click here.