The Renewable Heat Incentive for solar water heating -new Government feed-in tariff

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The Renewable Heat Incentive feed-in tariff for solar water heating

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Home users can expect to anything from 200 to over 500 per year with the RHI, each year every year for over 20 years.
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Commercial landlords and housing associations can lower resident energy bills whilst generating themselves a healthy return on investment thanks to the RHI.
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The RHI takes care businesses with a specific commercial tariff scheme set to accommodate more advanced or larger scale renewable heat energy systems.

What is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)?

The RHI is the new, fixed payment scheme from the Government for the renewable heat you generate yourself. It will replace the current Grant with a fixed payment, which will be paid each year for 20 years.

How much could it be worth to you?

A typical 2 x Genersys 1000-10 solar panel system could generate in the region of 2,078kW/h of heat, rewarding the home owner around £374 a year, thanks to the RHI tariff of 18pence per kW/h.

That's paid every year, for up to 20 years.
For more information, call us today: 020 7637 9708

How much will you save?

The payment is based on the amount of renewable heat energy you can generate, measured at 18 pence per kW/h. According to independent certification, the GENERSYS 1000-10 domestic solar panel can generate around 1300 kW/h, per panel per year in the UK. Of course this can fluctuate, but with a 3 panel configuration you could expect to generate over £400 per year from the RHI when using Genersys solar panels.

How long will the RHI payments last?

This is still being decided, but at the presently (for domestic and commercial Genersys solar panels) this is set at the maximum RHI duration of 20 years.

Will this replace the £400 government grant that is available now?

Yes. You can still apply for the £400 grant towards the cost of your installation, however you will need to pay back the £400 in order to receive the much more rewarding RHI scheme payments.

Where does the money come from for the RHI scheme?

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

What happens if I get Genersys panels now?

You still qualify you for the £400 grant available now, and in April 2011 will be enrolled on to the RHI, should you wish to do so. Your installer will guide you through the process.

When does this happen?

This scheme comes into effect April 2011 and all GENERSYS solar panel systems installed will qualify for the grant. The scheme is still in the planning stages and some details could change before the rollout.

There are three steps to the RHI:

Step One: you install renewable heat systems in your property such as solar thermal panels, heat pumps or a biomass (wood burning) boiler

Step Two: an estimate is made about how much heat your renewable energy systems will produce

Step Three: you get paid a fixed amount based on that estimate


Who is it for?

Broadly speaking, for everyone -for example:
  • Households
  • Landlords
  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Farmers
  • Care homes

Tariff level tables

The major benefit of the Renewable Heat Incentive is the generation tariff paid for every kilowatt-hour of energy produced. The level varies depending on the technology and the system size.
The proposed tariff levels within the consultation document for the Renewable Heat Incentive are as follows. However, these are not final and may be moved up or down. We won't find out until the response to the consultation is published.

What now?

Contact us for free advice on the scheme and for an estimate of how much you could save. Call our London office today:
020 7637 9708

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