Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Extended Until March 2022
“An affordable, secure and sustainable energy system is of paramount importance to the UK. If we are to achieve it, we must put in what we seek to get out.”
Changes are coming to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and it’s great news for homeowners…
The Government has recently announced its plan to extend the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive until March 2022, extending it a whole year from the previously agreed upon date.
Announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the latest budget, this extension of the scheme will now give people 2 years to install heat pump technology and apply for the RHI.
If you’ve been thinking about investing in heat energy, now is the perfect time to do it.
The Renewable Heat Incentive
If you’re not aware of what the Renewable Heat Incentive is, it’s a Government-backed scheme that pays users for the heat energy they produce.
Since its inception in 2014, it has been supporting homeowners and small business owners alike through the Domestic and Non-Domestic sides.
The Domestic RHI is the one that has just been extended until the end of March 2022, and the Non-Domestic RHI is currently set to finish in March 2021.
If you’d like to learn more about this fantastic scheme, read our more extensive article here.
Other Changes Announced
On top of extending the Domestic RHI, more changes are coming to many other schemes as part of a multi-billion pound package for green projects in the UK in an effort to reach the goal of zero emissions by 2050.
Low Carbon Support Scheme
The Government plans to open a Low Carbon Support Scheme that will support the installation of the likes of heat pumps and biomass boilers following the closure of the RHI scheme.
The new scheme will assist and help both homeowners and SMEs to invest in heat technology, thanks to £100million of funding from the Government. A Green Heat Networks scheme is also being introduced to encourage new and existing heat networks to switch to low carbon heat sources, with £270million of Government funding.
Climate Change Levy
As part of the Climate Change Levy (CCL), the Government is planning to raise the rate of gas and freezing rates on electricity as part on an incentive for people to make the switch.
This is fantastic news for many as, under current regulations, gas producers are required to pay less than clean power producers.
Electric vehicles and low carbon transportation were a big focus of the Budget, with the Government committing to include a “comprehensive package of tax and spend reforms” for EV charging.
£533million is set to be allocated to extend the Plug-in Grant schemes until 2023, with £500million more being made available to support the implementation of a “superfast” EV charging network.
The Plug-in Car Grant is administered by OLEV and was designed to encourage people to invest in electric vehicles, offering £3,500 towards a new electric car.
Will we see an increase in the number of people switching to electric cars?
Seeing the Government so committed to rewarding users for investing in renewable energy is great to see, and gives us a lot of hope for the future of renewable technology.
With all of these schemes and tariffs that pay users to use more renewable tech, are you interested in investing?
If you’d like to learn more about which type of renewable technology would benefit you most, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We’re more than happy to help!