The Energy & Environment Expo took place this week and Fridgehub took a trip down to see what it was all about and get the latest scoop on the RHI.
DECC had been running Q&A sessions over the course of the expo to answer any questions about the RHI as well as taking visitors through the application process. But for those of you that weren't able to make it, here are some of the latest developments:
£2.6m has already been issued to households for the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in the first week and 1,736 applications were made for the fund, which offers households in England and Wales up to £7600 cash back for making energy efficient home improvements.
Under the new incentive scheme domestic energy customers can get:
· Up to £1000 for installing two approved Green Deal energy-saving technologies; and/or
· Up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation; and
· Up to £100 refund for your Green Deal Assessment
The scheme also entitles those who have purchased a property in the 12 months, prior to application, to qualify for (up to) an additional £500 if they carry out energy efficiency improvements.
So far the biggest uptake has been Air Source Heat Pumps accounting for 39% of the RHI accreditations, whilst Ground Source Heat Pumps account for 10%.
However with GSHP consistently out-performing air source models, this figure looks set to increase in the next few months. Ground source heat pumps offer a domestic tariff of 18.8 pence per kWh of renewable heat produced compared to air source heat pumps which offer a 7.3 pence per kWh equivalent.
Some other interesting facts:
If you’re thinking of installing a ground or air-source heat pump in your home, Click here for pointers for you to consider beforehand.
For more information about the RHI and its Tariff's Click here