Greg Barker

Greg Barker has announced a range of further details on the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, along with proposals within 3 consultations which cover both the domestic and commercial renewable heat incentives and the domestic link to the Green Deal.

This announcement brings more certainty to an industry which will be instrumental in meeting the government's carbon targets and gives many installers the confidence that the Renewable Heat market is going to see substantial growth over the coming years. The domestic RHI is set for launch in summer 2013 and today' announcement includes proposed returns to householders along with the proposed minimum energy efficiency requirements and their link to the Green Deal.

This could mean that a property which fails to meet the energy efficiency requirements of the RHI would then be able to use the Green Deal to achieve this level and then be able to claim.

The announcement confirms details on the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive along with 3 consultations covering both the domestic and commercial RHI. The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive will cover consumers who have installed renewable heat technologies such as; Heat PumpsSolar Thermal and Biomass after 15th July 2009. It is expected and proposed that householders will be paid for the heat they produce with their renewable heat technology.

Some of the key points in the domestic part of the announcement are;

  • Indicative tariff ranges for air source heat pumps (6.9-11.5p/kWh), biomass boilers (5.2-8.7p/kWh), ground source heat pumps (12.5-17.3p/kWh) and solar thermal technologies (17.3p/kWh) that are MCS certified and meet relevant required standards
  • Payments for householders over seven years for each kWh of heat produced for the expected lifetime of the renewable technology and based on deemed heat usage
  • Tariff levels set to provide a better return for householders living off the gas grid
  • Budget management system similar to one introduced for the Feed-in Tariffs scheme
  • Minimum energy efficiency requirements based on Green Deal assessments

For the full DECC announcement please visit