DECC re-opens heating fund competition
The government has re-opened a competition for £10 million of funding for renewable heating projects after it did not receive enough suitable bids in the initial rounds.
Social landlords will now have a second chance to bid for grants of up to £156,000 to subsidise the installation of biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and other heating technologies.
Housing Associations and local authorities can bid for £5 million of remaining grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change after only £5 million was awarded to 72 projects in the first round.
Half of the cash will be made available to social landlords that did not initially take part in the competition, with applications accepted until 9 October. The remaining £2.5 million has been earmarked for landlords that have already been awarded funding but wish to increase their bids.
The Energy Saving Trust, which is managing the scheme, will approach these landlords to see if they want to install more of the relevant heating systems in their housing stock.
Bidders for ‘top-up’ funding have until 28 August to submit applications.
Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: ‘We have already awarded nearly £5 million to 72 projects under this year’s scheme, helping householders stay warm this winter and move away from expensive old heating systems to new clean renewable ones.
‘But the high value for money of the bids we have received to date means that there is still money up for grabs and I would urge social landlords across the nation to apply and take advantage of all this scheme has to offer.’