UK DECC publishes tariff levels for residential RHI program

By Erin Voegele | July 16, 2013

The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has published tariff levels for the version of the Renewable Heat Incentive program aimed at households. A similar program has been operational in the U.K.’s non-domestic sector since November 2011.

According to the DECC, a tariff level of 12.2 penance per KWh (p/KWh) was set for biomass boilers. Tariffs for air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal have been set at the respective levels of 7.3 p/kWH, 18.8 p/kWh and 19.2 p/kWh.

“Investing for the long term in new renewable heat technologies will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills. So this package of measures is a big step forward in our drive to get innovative renewable heating kit in our homes,” said Energy and Climate Change Mister Greg Barker.

Those eligible for the program include homeowners, private and social landlords, third-party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes. According to the DECC, anyone who has installed an eligible renewable thermal technology since 2009 and meets the scheme criteria can claim the incentives. Biomass technologies eligible for participation in the program include biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers.

The domestic RHI scheme was first published in September 2012. On July 12 the DECC published its full response to that consultation. It is available here.