Govt. publishes details of new RHI rates

Changes to the RHI scheme –  the Brit-Govt’s financial incentive programme to encourage investment into renewable heating technologies –  come in to force on 20 September 2017.

The changes to the scheme, which has been active for five years, were originally released in December 2016. 

However the fine details, including the deadline date, were delayed due to other external pressures facing the government.  

Adam Baxendine of Savills Energy explained: “In order to benefit from the current rates, a renewable heat installation will need to be commissioned and application submitted to OFGEM by 19 September, otherwise the new rates will apply which will be higher in a number of cases. 

“This may catch some developers and landowners by surprise if they are in the middle of installing renewable heating technologies”.

The changes are as follows:

  • Alignment of non-domestic biomass tariff (tier 1: 2.96p/kWth, tier 2: 2.08p/kWth) and changes of load factor from 15% to 35%.
  • New degression triggers until July 2018
  • Domestic demand limits for domestic biomass, ASHP, and GSHP
  • New tariffs for domestic RHI
  • Biomass plants: 6.54p/kWh
  • Air source heat pumps: 10.18p/kWh
  • Ground source heat pumps: 19.86p/kWh
  • Solar thermal plants: 20.06p/kWh
  • Provisions to receive higher tariffs for plants whose tariff start date is on or after 14th December 2016 but before 1st April 2017 to be able to receive the higher tariffs.

The full RHI regulations are available here.

4 Sept 2017

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