Bids invited for £10m of renewable heat funding
The budget for a scheme to encourage social landlords to install low-carbon forms of heating has been tripled to £10 million.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched the second round of the renewable heat premium payment scheme for social landlords today (28 May).
It is inviting bids from local authority landlords and housing associations for grants of up to £175,000 to subsidise the installation of biomass boilers, solar hot water pumps and various types of heat pump.
The amount of subsidy varies from £300 for solar thermal hot water, to £1,250 for ground source or water-source heat pumps.
The scheme is open for bids from organisations in England, Scotland and Wales, and is mainly intended to benefit homes that are not connected to the gas grid. The closing date for applications is 4 July and work should be completed by 31 March 2013.
DECC initially made £3 million of the £15 million RHPP available for social landlords last year, and later increased this to £4 million. This year the total pot is worth £25 million.
Climate change minister Greg Barker said: ‘Last year our low carbon heating scheme for social landlords helped nearly 1,000 householders stay warm and reap the benefits of clean, green heat.
‘This year we have increased the cash available, which will help even more people move away from expensive old heating systems to low carbon more sustainable alternatives.’