Domestic RHI – latest update from DECC

Peregrine corresponded with the Head of the RHI team last week. He asked her whether the RHI domestic phase 2 consultation document was still on schedule to be published next month and, if so, whether she had a date set for its publication. She had some very encouraging words in her reply and we quote : “…we are on track to publish in September and I expect it to be in the second half. The consultation period should be for 12 weeks and will be available on the RHI pages of the DECC website…if it would be helpful I can email you when we publish it?”

Needless to say, as soon as we hear further we will let you know – watch this space…

Our article in the Swindon Advertiser

Wood you believe it’s a way to save energy?

60kw Windhager boiler installed by Wessex Biomass for Christopher Jerram










Rural businesses could save thousands of pounds on their energy bills thanks to generous Government subsidies, according to a Wiltshire company which is pioneering the installation of wood pellet fired boilers in the county.

Wessex Biomass, based near Malmesbury, says its commercial clients are saving money by switching to cheaper wood pellets for fuel and taking advantage of the RHI (renewable heat incentive) available to businesses.

“The RHI is a new Government financial incentive designed to significantly increase the proportion of the UK’s heat that is generated from renewable sources and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions,” said Wessex Biomass Managing Director Peregrine Nicholls.

“While an announcement has yet to be made about the RHI scheme planned for domestic users, the one for businesses is up and running and, with Wiltshire being such a rural county, there will be many businesses out there which will qualify.”

The RHI scheme is available to any commercial premises which are not on mains gas, but are relying on oil, electricity or LPG for fuel. The wood pellets – cheaper than carbon fuels – are carbon neutral by being produced from virgin wood sourced from sustainable forests in the British Isles.

The tariff that businesses can expect to get are approximately £100 per kilowatt per year – a 35kw boiler, serving premises of 250sq m, would bring in £3,500 per year for 20 years, in addition to the fuel savings made by switching away from expensive oil or LPG.

A variant of the commercial RHI scheme – a district heating scheme – also means neighbouring domestic properties are eligible if they opt to use the same boiler.

Christopher Jerram, a director with chartered surveyors Chesterton Humberts, who lives near Malmesbury, has installed a 60kw boiler to service his own residence and a let cottage. By switching from oil, plus the RHI tariff, he expects to be better off to the tune of approximately £10,000 a year.

“The boiler is more expensive than a conventional boiler, but the pay back is estimated at only five to six years,” he said.

“Our boiler was due to be replaced anyway, and I was attracted to the wood pellets because of the savings we’d make and the ‘green’ factor.”

Visit or contact Peregrine Nicholls on 01666 838007.