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Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme Launched

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster launched the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme on the 24th of May 2012.

Northern Ireland householders will now be able to obtain support towards the costs of installing a renewable energy heating system in their homes.

Launching the scheme, Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the move will offer local people real choice when it comes to heating their homes.

30kW Log Boiler – Installations such as this would obtain support from the RHI Premium Payment Scheme recently launched

30kW Log Boiler – Installations such as this would obtain support from the RHI Premium Payment Scheme recently launched

Arlene Foster said: “Although many householders have had the option of natural gas for a number of years not all can avail of this low carbon fossil fuel. This new scheme will allow all private sector domestic energy consumers to obtain generous financial support towards installing biomass boilers, heat pumps and thermal solar panels in place of existing fossil fuel heating systems.

“Northern Ireland homes account for 60% of our heat load which means they are vital in helping to achieve our target of 10% market share for renewable heat across Northern Ireland by 2020. So I would urge all those who are interested to make contact with my Department without delay.”

Concluding, the Minister said she hoped to make further announcements shortly regarding support for non domestic installations and longer term incentives.

“My Department is committed to the development of the renewable heat market and making sure that Northern Ireland’s heat market is more diverse, secure and sustainable. This Premium Payment scheme is the first of a number of initiatives which will demonstrate my Department’s long term commitment to this sector.”

The Northern Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (RHPP) will be open for applications from 24th May 2012. Those availing of a premium payment under the RHPP will not be able to claim any other financial grant or support for the same installation. They will, however, be eligible for the renewable heat incentive when it becomes available for the domestic sector next year.

RASLRES has strongly advocated the introduction of the NI Renewable Heat Incentive as a means of encouraging the deployment of renewable energy heating technology. Find out how this scheme could benefit you by using the bio-calculator function within the RASLRES Bioenergy Tool (http://www.raslres.eu/bioenergy-tool/).

Note:

1. The Northern Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (RHPP) is open for applications from 24/05/12.
2. The levels of support under RHPP are:

Technology – Support per unit (£) in a dwelling

Air Source Heat Pump / £1700
Biomass boiler / £2500
Ground Source or Water Source Heat Pump / £3500
Solar Thermal / £320

3. Further information is available from DETI Northern Ireland, Energy Division:

Online: www.detini.gov.uk/deti-energy-index.htm
E-mail: NI.RHI@detini.gov.uk
Tel: 028 9052 9219

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