Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive could help thousands out of fuel poverty


Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland
Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland

Thousands of housing association tenants across Scotland will now benefit from affordable, green heat following a campaign to persuade the UK Department for Energy to allow social landlords to claim under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland – the national fuel poverty charity – said: “The launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive provides an opportunity for a range of householders to have heating that will make their homes warmer and drier, and so will help to reduce levels of fuel poverty.

 “The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive will be particularly important in rural off-gas communities because people living in those areas have often not had access to the cheaper fuels. This scheme can help to change their situation for the better.”

The Renewable Heat Incentive, which opened to industry, businesses and public sector organisations in November 2011, now allows homeowners with a biomass, heat pump or solar thermal system to claim money back from the government for the heat they generate, as those with solar pv panels already do under the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

Heat makes up around half of the energy we use, and the Scottish Government has set a target that 11% of that heat should be generated from renewable sources by 2020.

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