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What is the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) and how do I claim it?

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme is a Government scheme which gives money to householders to help them buy renewable heating technologies. It will run in a similar way to the Boiler Scrappage Scheme whereby customers will get a fixed payment voucher for installing a renewable heating device.

It will cover the following technologies:

  • Solar Thermal
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps
  • Biomass Boilers

It will run for a short period before the full Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)* is launched later in 2012.

What is it worth?

All Houses:

  • £300 - Solar Thermal - voucher valid for 3 months

Houses not heated by gas from the grid:

  • £850 - Air Source Heat Pump - voucher valid for 5 months
  • £950 - Biomass Boiler - voucher valid for 6 months
  • £1250 - Ground Source Heat Pump - voucher valid for 6 months

How do I apply and claim?

For Solar Thermal products any householder in England, Scotland and Wales can apply.

For Ground to Water, Air to Water or Water to Water Heat Pumps, and for biomass boilers, householders without gas central heating in England, Scotland and Wales can apply (in other words those who are not connected to the gas grid and currently rely on fuels such as oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity for their heating). All successful applicants will have to meet certain simple conditions.

The customers house must be their main home and it must have basic energy efficiency measures in place.
This means that you will need to confirm that they have got loft insulation to 250mm and cavity wall insulation, where these measures are practical.

The renewable heat product that you will be installing must be listed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, and be installed by someone registered under the scheme, or equivalent. Visit the MCS website for more details.

Once the equipment is up and running, the householder will be asked to fill in two customer surveys.

Some will be asked if they are prepared to have extra meters attached to their installation (free of charge) as government are keen to monitor and learn about how they are used in practice in various different circumstances and types of home.

Householders can apply from 1st August to the Energy Saving Trust. If they meet the conditions they will receive a voucher.

They then have a set number of months to redeem the voucher by returning a signed version with a copy of the invoice and a certificate from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

They will then have the money paid into their bank account.

All installations must be complete and vouchers claimed by the expiry date on the voucher or 31st March 2012, whichever is sooner. No vouchers will be valid beyond 31st March 2012.

From today, customers can register an expression of interest with EST by contacting them at 0800 512 012

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