Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has announced the extension of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to domestic customers.
Arlene Foster said: “The extension of the RHI to domestic properties is good news for householders and the environment.
“The RHI scheme helps applicants to take advantage of renewable heating solutions such as biomass; heat pumps and solar thermal. It reduces dependencies on oil and other fossil fuels and contributes to the Executive’s target of having 10% of our heat from renewable sources by 2020.”
The Minister continued: “I am committed to making sustainable technologies more affordable. The RHI helps to bridge the gap in costs that currently exist between renewables and fossil fuels and therefore gives householders more choice.
“I hope to take legislation for the scheme through the Assembly in the coming weeks. It has already been endorsed by the ETI Committee.”
The scheme will be administered by DETI and will be open to all domestic properties. It replaces the Renewable Heat Premium Payments scheme which has provided interim support for households.
RHI for the non – domestic sector has been in place since November 2012 and is administered by Ofgem on behalf of DETI. This provides a tariff based support scheme for businesses.
A further announcement will be made on how to apply for the domestic RHI once the scheme is open for applications however in the meantime prospective applicants should be making initial preparations. Information in this regard is available at http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-energy-index.