Millions available for community heating as RHPP scheme extended

We were thrilled to hear the Government is extending the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme, with £950 available to eligible households wishing to install a wood pellet boiler.

The extension, which comes with an extra £10 million of funding for the scheme, will provide a bridge to the roll-out of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive expected in 2013.

But what was really exciting about the news is that there will be an £8 million competition to encourage community groups to install renewable heating technologies.

That’s something we are passionate about at Organic Energy – with our ÖkoFEN wood pellet boilers already providing district and community heating to a number of projects around the UK.

A community boiler installation provides heat for a number of properties with heating costs per house or building reduced as well as greater efficiencies.

For example, a Scottish town hall saved from closure has a new lease of life thanks to a project to install an ÖkoFEN wood pellet boiler system from Organic Energy, slashing the venue’s energy bills.

We supplied the tandem boiler system which provides heat not only to Lossiemouth Town Hall, in Moray, but also to the adjoining library, youth cafe and meeting rooms. ÖkoFEN built a special Energy Box as a store for the wood pellets with the boilers housed inside the building in the plant room.

The Lossiemouth project is a perfect example of why wood pellet boilers are a perfect choice for district and community heating, with the system saving the community around £2,000 a year on its heating bills.

For individual households eligible under the RHPP scheme, one-off payments are available for the installation of biomass boilers and solar thermal panels.

The DECC is also launching a £10 million scheme for social landlords to compete for funding to install renewable heat on May 28, which will be run by the Energy Saving Trust.

The maximum amount per project is set at £175,000 and competition details will be posted on the EST’s website.

Seminars to find out more information will be held across the country, including one in Newtown, Powys, on June 12. You can register for one of the RHPP Social Landlords Competition seminars using this form.

For further information on the RHPP and the RHI see www.organicenergy.co.uk

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