Breakthrough in Solar Thermal
By Cynthia Taylor
The DECC has published Domestic RHI Tariff Levels
After two years of delays the DECC has finally published the tariff levels for installations for the residential market under the Renewable Heat Initiative.
The programme is set to be opened in the Spring of 2014 and systems that have already been installed since July 2008 will be able to participate.
The solar thermal installations are to be paid at a rate of £0.192 per kWh more than ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and biomass boilers.
Stuart Elmes, chair of Solar Thermal Working Group, said that this announcement was a breakthrough as well as an enormous boost for the solar thermal market. He continued that this incentives value was on a different level and that there was nothing like it in the world. He also said that people can go ahead and install solar heating for their homes and be confident that the system will enable them to join the RHI scheme and that would feel assured that their payments would be worth it.
The RHI is the first incentive that will in fact incentivise the technologies of renewable heat technology with a per kWh-thermal output that is similar to the feed-in-tariff.
The portion of the program that is non residential, and includes industrial, commercial and government installations has been operational since November 2011, but the domestic programme was initially supposed to open in the July of 2011.
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