UK to double grants for solar thermal under the RHPP

DECC has announced that it will unveil tariff levels for residential solar thermal systems through the RHI in summer 2013
DECC has announced that it will unveil tariff levels for residential solar thermal systems through the RHI in summer 2013

The UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that it will double grants to homes installing solar thermal systems to GBP 600 (USD 920) under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) program.

Grants to other renewable heat technologies under the RHPP will also be doubled. The move was enthusiastically received by the Solar Trade Association (STA, Milton Keynes, UK), which had conducted a renewable heat campaign.

“It’s great to see that Government has reacted so positively to our suggestions on how to speed up development of the renewable heating sector,” stated STA CEO Paul Barwell. “The STA led the industry campaign urging Government to consider this proposal and is delighted to see that Ministers have listened to our calls.”

“However, there’s still work to be done. We will continue to make the case for our industry, in particular over the capped tariff for solar heating. It is very important that this summer’s announcement of domestic RHI tariffs should be comprehensive in scope and also specify the qualification criteria and deeming method.”

The STA had sent a letter to DECC requesting improved grant levels, and had also conducted its first direct social media campaign with the hash tag #tweetforheat.

 

Residential RHI tariff levels expected in summer 2013

The RHPP is an interim program pending the roll-out of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for the residential sector. DECC has announced that it will unveil residential tariff levels for the RHI in the summer of 2013, after multiple, lengthy delays.

 

 

 

 

 

2013-05-21 | Courtesy: DECC, STA | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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