RHPP: Renewable Heat Premium Payment

What is the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?  

This is a UK Government scheme designed to help you afford renewable technologies for your home, such as:

  • biomass boilers
  • heat pumps ( air to water, ground source or water source but excluding air to air and exhaust air heat pumps), and
  • solar thermal panels

Renewable Heat Premium Payment Phase 2 

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment is a one-off grant designed to help towards meeting the costs of installing renewable technologies in your home, until the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is introduced for domestic customers.

An extension to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme was announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 26 March 2013. The scheme is being extended until the end of March 2014, ahead of the RHI scheme for householders.

The extension continues to offer one-off grants to householders across England, Scotland and Wales to help with the cost of installing renewable heating technologies and will also include a competition for registered social landlords to bid for funds to install renewable heat technologies.

Applicants should note that even though the RHPP scheme is being extended, householders who applied before 31 March 2013 must have redeemed their voucher by their stated voucher expiry date or 31 March 2013, whichever was sooner. If you missed the stated deadline, you will be able to re-apply as long as all the eligibility criteria are met.

Changes to the Householder Stream

Key changes have been made to the householder stream of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 20 May 2013.

As part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's desire to further support the growing market for domestic renewables, the Government has considered new data available on installation costs/recent feeedback from industry and has decided to increase the voucher levels for each of the four eligible technologies. The new levels are:

Technology         Voucher value 
Air-to-Water Heat Pump   £1,300   
Biomass Boiler   £2,000  
Ground or Water-source Heat Pump £2,300  
Solar Thermal Hot Water   £600  

These levels will be effective for voucher applications made on the Energy Saving Trust (EST) website from 20 May 2013.
In addition, new applicants from 20 May 2013 will also be required to undertake a Green Deal Assessment before submitting a claim for payment of their voucher. The Assessment will help consumers to choose the most appropriate new technology for their home and circumstances. 

Who can apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment?  

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales and your installation did not receive funding under RHPP Phase 1, the RHPP Social Landlord Scheme nor the RHPP Communities Scheme you are eligible to apply for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment. Your installation must also not have been commissioned for the first time, as detailed on your MCS certificate, before 21 July 2011.

How you currently heat your home will depend on which technologies you are able to apply for:

  • if you have recently removed a mains gas heating system or currently heat your home with mains gas, you are only eligible to apply for solar thermal
  • if you currently rely on oil, liquid gas, solid fuel or electricity then you could also apply for air-to-water heat pumps, ground-source or water-source heat pumps and biomass boilers.