8,516 homeowners and self-builders in Scotland are receiving incentive payments for their installed renewable heating system through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). These payments amount to £11M, so far, and are paid over 7 years.
2,330 non-domestic systems in Scotland installed on estates, farms and other businesses are also benefiting from the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and receiving payments over 20 years. This installed renewable heat capacity amounts to 386MW which is 3 times the output of the gas-fired CHP power station at Grangemouth.
Renewable Heat Incentive to Continue
The only warming glow amidst the Westminster government’s chilling energy policy is that the RHI looks set to continue until 2021 albeit with some changes along the way and the tariff rates set to degress over time. The RHI represents a rewarding opportunity for homeowners, self-builders, country estates and businesses to divest from fossil fuel heating in favour of renewable heating systems like biomass boilers, ground and air source heat pumps and solar thermal. In many cases, the sum of the non-domestic RHI payments well exceeds the initial capital cost of the installation.
Country Estate Exemplar
The Dumfries House Estate in Ayrshire is an estate which has benefited from the non-domestic RHI using the incentives to help fund their transition from oil to renewable heat in existing, refurbished and new buildings across the estate. In 2007, HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, personally brokered a £45M deal to secure the 2,000 acre Dumfries House Estate and its unique collection of Chippendale furniture.
Ecoliving, as one of Scotland’s longest established and most experienced renewable heat specialists, has worked on the rolling programme of heat pump and biomass installations across the estate. The company’s approach of designing the most appropriate renewable heating solution for any specific building has been well received.
"At Dumfries House we value the working relationship we have with Ecoliving because they can be relied on to take a renewables project from feasibility right through to commissioning, on time and on budget. Their team has a great range of experience in renewable technologies." Oliver Middlemiss, Dumfries House.
Renewable heat is key to the UK meeting its 2020 EU target of 15% of energy coming from renewables and the rewards offered by the RHI represent an opportunity for property owners. Loan funding is available to cover the capital cost of installation for organisations and for homeowners there is the Home Energy Scotland Renewables Loan Scheme with interest free loans available up to 75% of the installed cost up to £10,000.