Cash help at hand for renewable energy set

Simon Maynard from New Horizon Renewables with an air source heat pump which has been installed at a home's swimming pool in Greens Norton.
Simon Maynard from New Horizon Renewables with an air source heat pump which has been installed at a home's swimming pool in Greens Norton.

EVER wanted to make good use of renewable energy, but have found it too expensive?

The Government has launched its new Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP).

The scheme is designed to give householders across the country up to £1,250 of Government funding to help towards the cost of installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels.

It is aimed at the 4million households across the country who are not heated by mains gas and who have to rely on higher carbon forms of heating such as oil and electric fires.

It opened for applications on Monday this week and hopes to support 25,000 installations and is designed to be a six month stop gap until the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme starts in October next year.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Simon Maynard, of New Horizons Renewables, which has links to the Silverstone area, said not enough information had been given as to how the RHI would work in practice but the schemes were something to be welcomed.

But he warned: “The problem people are going to have is being able to find a decent accredited installer to do the work for them.

“People should go and look on the Renewable Energy Association website and all the information on there regarding the scheme is up to date.”

He also advised people make sure installers are Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited.

More information on how to apply can be found by ringing the hotline on 0800 512012 or visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/RHPP.

Householders will need to ensure they have basic energy efficiency measures in place before applying and grants will be on a first come first served basis. More information is available on www.decc.gov.uk.