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24 social housing providers across Britain have been awarded a share of a £4 million fund to install green heating systems in the homes of their tenants.  They are the first winners to be announced under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme competition for social landlords which was launched earlier this year.  Further winners will be confirmed shortly.

There was a strong response with 125 bids submitted by the closing date. The 24 successful applicants will receive up to £175,000 to install green heating systems such as biomass boilers, solar hot water panels and heat pumps in the homes of tenants.

Successful bidders included projects across the whole of Great Britain.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“This scheme directly targets many of the people who could struggle to pay their heating bills in the winter and I am pleased so many social housing organisations across the country will be able to get a share of the cash. It will encourage an increase in the number of new heating technologies in social housing and help people deal with expensive fuel costs.”

Karen Lawrence, Director of Delivery for the Energy Saving Trust said:

“From our work with social landlords across the UK, we’re well aware of a great appetite for green technologies that can help tenants heat their homes more cheaply and efficiently. We also know councils and housing associations have become increasingly proactive and knowledgeable in the field of sustainability – and this was reflected in the standard of the bids for funding that were received.

“Both this and the householder strand of the RHPP will also be great learning opportunities. Real data on performance in people’s homes is absolutely key in successfully boosting the market for renewable heat technologies.”

Interested social housing providers had to set out how they would spend the funding and demonstrate clear value for money in their plans. Other criteria included details on the number of heating systems to be installed, the opportunity for learning and the number of homes not supplied by mains gas.

The original fund was increased from £3 million to £4 million due to the large number of suitable competition entries.

Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme for householders

 The £4 million is part of the £15 million Renewable Heat Premium Payment budget.  Under this scheme householders can apply for support for a range of different green heating technologies including biomass boilers, solar thermal panels and ground and air source heat pumps. Many householders around the country have been taking advantage of this scheme since its launch in August. The vouchers are being issued on a first come first served basis by the Energy Saving Trust and the scheme is due to close on 31st March next year.  Up to the 31st October, 2902 vouchers have been allocated and there are plenty more up for grabs. 

Within England, the South West region has claimed the most vouchers with 558 issued so far. Heat pump technology is proving the most popular in England and Wales whilst biomass boilers are preferred in Scotland. There are a range of other green heating technologies supported under this scheme.  Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012  to find out which technology would suit them best and how to apply.

Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change

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Written by Matthew Abbott   
Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:48
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:54

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