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RHI rates increased – ASHP rate up 33%!

The long awaited response to the RHI consultation paper was published yesterday and unlike the previous Government consultations actually contains positive steps to continue RHI support.
The document summary is below:
  • The scheme will continue to support all four technologies currently supported by the scheme.
  • The tariffs for new ASHPs and GSHPs will be increased to 10.02 pence per kilowatthour (p/kWh) and 19.55p/kWh respectively with immediate effect for new installations.
  • All new ASHPs and GSHPs applying for support under the scheme will be required to have electricity metering to monitor their heating system. However, payments will continue to be on the basis of the deemed heating requirements of the property, except for second homes and where a renewable heating system is installed alongside another heating system, in which cases payments will continue to be on the basis of heat metering.
  • GSHPs making use of a shared ground loop will continue to be eligible for the nondomestic scheme and will not be eligible on the domestic scheme
  • The tariff for new biomass installations will be increased to 6.44p/kWh, the level available between October and December 2015, adjusted for inflation.
  • Heat demand limits will be introduced, to limit the level of annual heat demand in respect of which any household can receive support. The heat demand limits will be set at 20,000kWh for ASHPs, 25,000kWh for biomass boilers and stoves and 30,000kWh for GSHPs. However, this will not disqualify properties with higher heat demands from applying to the scheme. There will be no heat demand limit for solar thermal.
  • There will be some changes to the budget management arrangements for the scheme
If you would like further information please contact your nearest EnergyMyWay office.
James Eades

By: James Eades

Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.