The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) will not launch until spring 2014.

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All of us within the renewable heat industry have been waiting for the scheme to launch this summer after a consultation carried out by DECC last September. However, the government has confirmed that it will not publish the tariff levels for the domestic RHI until summer 2013, with DECC stating that it expects that “the scheme will be up and running for householders in spring 2014”.

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said:  “We remain committed to introducing an incentive scheme for householders, and have today set out an updated timetable for its launch. The RHI, which has been available for non domestic investors for over a year, is a key part of our approach to cutting carbon and driving forward the move to more sustainable low carbon heating alternatives.”

As a result of the delayed domestic RHI scheme, DECC will extend the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme until March 2014.

The RHPP Scheme offers homeowners installing renewable heating technologies the opportunity to claim a voucher to help with the installation costs. For more information regarding these voucher please see our RHPP page or book a FREE survey for your property.