Landlords invited to bid for £3m eco-heating cash
Social landlords can bid for thousands of pounds to help them install eco-heaters in the homes of tenants.
The energy and climate change department has put aside £3 million to help registered social landlords make heating improvements to tenants’ homes.
The cash – specifically for social landlords - comes out of the £15 million Renewable Heat Premium Payment budget which supports people to put equipment such as biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and heat pumps in their home.
The bidding was opened today for landlords to get up to £175,000 towards heating improvements and a panel – made up of the ECC department and Energy Saving Trust – will decide which schemes get the go-ahead.
Deadline for bids is 15 September.
Greg Barker, energy and climate change minister, said: ‘This new programme is directly targeted at many of the people who will be struggling to pay their heating bills next winter.
‘It will drive the take up of new heating technologies in social housing and help slash their dependence on big energy companies and expensive tariffs.
‘In the face of rising gas and electricity bills, the Premium Payment scheme is a valuable way for people to get involved in energy generation at a local level, insulating them from volatile fossil fuel costs and ensuring homes are heated in a greener, more sustainable way.’
Anyone who lives in England, Scotland or Wales can apply for photovoltaic solar heating systems through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, however only those who do not currently use gas as their main heating fuel can apply for heat pumps or biomass boilers.
Miles Hearn, energy director at Wates Living Space, said: ‘This is a welcome and positive step as it will allow social landlords to gain experience of the range of technologies available in advance of the Green Deal and Renewable Heat Incentive coming into play.
‘Although the funds available in the scheme are limited, they should be sufficient to fund pilots of different technologies, which will allow landlords to identify the best solutions for their needs.
‘The ultimate goal is the creation of models which facilitate the wholesale roll-out of low carbon and renewable heating technologies to the five million properties within the social housing sector, where fuel poverty and energy efficiency are key concerns.’