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Great Britain/RHI: One Accredited Solar Thermal System in Nine Months

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 24, 2012

For over a year, the UK government has been heavily promoting the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). But by end of August 2012, only a tiny amount has been paid out for solar thermal: just Great Britain Pound (GBP) 60 (approx EUR 70). So why is solar thermal badly lagging in the UK’s flagship incentive for renewable heat?

Review of Technical Information on Renewable Heat Technologies (2011)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on December 27, 2011

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change commissioned this report to the consultancy AEA Technology.

The report analyses the technical costs of four heating technologies: air source heat pumps (ASHP); ground source heat pumps (GSHP); solar thermal and biomass.

The objective is to better understand these technologies in order to prepare the review process of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The Renewable Heat Incentive went live in 2010 and it should be reviewed every four years.

Great Britain: Launch of Renewable Heat Premium Payment in August

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 29, 2011

The British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed in a press release from 21 July 2011 that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment will start on 1 August 2011. It will offer grants for the following technologies: Solar water heaters (Pound Sterling (GBP) 300), ground source heat pumps (GBP 1,250), biomass boiler (GBP 950) and air source heat pumps (GBP 850). Solar water heaters are subsidised regardless of the type of heating system used in the household. The other three technologies receive grants only for households without mains gas heating.

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