The Domestic RHI celebrated its first birthday last month, here are some key facts regarding its impact so far:
Over 30,000 Domestic RHI accreditations have been made since its launch, helping to create cleener, greener and cheaper heating for many homes across the UK.
DECC estimates that these accreditations will save approximately 1.4MT CO2 – in the 7 year membership period of the Domestic RHI this is equivalent to … 150,000,000 gallons of petrol, to the moon and back 7,000 times or, enough electricity to power 180,000 homes for a year!
Of these 30,000 accreditations 30% are new applicants and 70% are legacy applicants
The make up of the statistics for each technology is:
42% for Air Source Heat Pumps, 26% for Biomass, 19% for Solar Thermal & 14% for Ground Source Heat Pumps
The domestic RHI can be very lucrative – ask us about a FREE site visit to assess the suitability of biomass for your home
We are very excited about one of our current projects, up in Malvern in Worcestershire. 2 x 35kw Biowin Excels running in cascade, with full weather conmpensation Windhager Specialist MES controls (which alone will save the client 13% per annum on fuel), a 7 tonne pellet store and 6 metres of pipework from the boiler room to the house. The most exciting thing about this project is not the beautiful rolling Malvern hills, not the two shiny Biowin Excels (the workhorses of the Windhager family) but the whopping £110,000 that our clients will receive from the Government, under the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), over a 7 year period. We were blown away by this figure and it tops the charts as being one of the highest that we have personally seen, under the Domestic RHI, to date!
Meeting with DECC Head of Domestic RHI team last night
Yesterday I was fortunate to attend a meeting with Patrick Allcorn, the Head of the Domestic RHI at DECC. The occasion was a forum put together by a leading biomass boiler manufacturer in central London followed by a round table discussion with two top officials from DECC.
In the afternoon, 12 executives from all areas of domestic biomass, boiler manufacturers & distributors, fuel producers & suppliers and installation companies discussed what was felt necessary from the domestic RHI in order to “pump prime” the market and achieve the growth in residential biomass installations that the government wishes to see before 2020; whilst also frankly exchanging views about the current depressed state of the residential biomass sector.
Then in the evening we were joined by two important officials from DECC who briefed us on the current RHI position and listened to our thoughts on what we felt the RHI Phase 2 needs to include.
It was a very interesting day and I came away from it feeling a lot more positive about the RHI than I had been feeling, given all the rumours that have been flying around recently.
In essence I was left in no doubt that the domestic RHI will go ahead, very possibly on time too – the only issues to be resolved now are the duration (which looks like it will be 7 years) and the tariff rate per kW/hour.
Now we wait in eager anticipation for the publication of the consultation document later this month!