Councils could have big role in renewable heat uptake as financial incentives arrive on the scene

At the Calderdale People’s Assembly meeting on energy efficiency and renewable energy last autumn, some people wanted to know about financial incentives from the government for installing renewable heating at home. Such as solar thermal, biomass or ground- or air-source heating,

This scheme is called the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and it looks as if it’s about to launch around Easter time. The regulations are due to be debated in the House of Lords on 26 March and in the House of Commons on 2 April.

Key role for Councils, says Kirklees Councillor

Green Kirklees Councillor Andrew Cooper says councils, with large amounts of housing stock, could help develop the renewable heat market quickly if they invested in the technology. Social housing could “get the market moving for the private sector”, he said, but this would need political leadership to overcome the risk-averse nature of local authorities.

Ofgem factsheet

There is a downloadable Ofgem introductory factsheet for people who are interested in applying for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. It says there will be more information on their website when the scheme launches.

This seems to be the Ofgem webpage where the launch info will appear.


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