28/05/2012 - New Renewable Energy Grants for Northern Ireland's Householders
The Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP) has been established to help domestic householders in Northern Ireland install renewable heating and hot water systems in their homes.
Grant payments are available to approved generators of renewable heat, over a set period of time. The scheme works by inviting individuals to apply for a voucher to fund the necessary works. Following the installation of the qualifying technology this voucher is exchangeable for a grant to meet these costs involved.
The levels of available support for each eligible technology are as follows:
- Air Source Heat Pumps - £1,700
- Biomass boilers - £2,500
- Ground Source or Water Source Heat Pumps - £3,500
- Solar Thermal - £320
Individuals who own their own property and reside within Northern Ireland can apply for installations at their primary residence. Those who rent a property privately should approach their landlord to discuss eligibility and request approval to apply to the scheme. Private and social landlords also qualify for support through this scheme.
Launching the scheme, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said:
"Although many householders have had the option of natural gas for a number of years not all can avail of this low carbon fossil fuel. This new scheme will allow all private sector domestic energy consumers to obtain generous financial support towards installing biomass boilers, heat pumps and thermal solar panels in place of existing fossil fuel heating systems.
"Northern Ireland homes account for 60% of our heat load which means they are vital in helping to achieve our target of 10% market share for renewable heat across Northern Ireland by 2020. So I would urge all those who are interested to make contact with my Department without delay."
Applications may be submitted at any time.
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Note: A similar scheme intended to support non-domestic installations and longer-term incentives is expected to be announced in due course.
Source: Northern Ireland Executive, 28/05/2012