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Great Britain: Domestic Renewable Heat Incentives with Extensive Rules

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 23, 2014
The domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (dRHI) for England, Wales and Scotland has been launched on 9 April 2014. For solar thermal, the dRHI will pay the end-user tariff at a rate of 0.192 Pound Sterling (GBP)/kWh for 7 years. The existing non-domestic RHI scheme continues at a new rate adjusted for inflation of 0.094 GBP/kWh for 20 years. The dRHI applies to biomass boilers & stoves, ground-source & air-source heat pumps heating and solar thermal DHW for single homes. The subsidy is for properties capable of getting a domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which confirms the property is a domestic dwelling. The recipient of the subsidy is the owner of the heating system. So this can be the person owning and living in the home, a private landlord or a registered social landlord. In general it is not applicable to a new home unless this has been self-built. Other requirements are that the property should also have a Green Deal Assessment (GDA) and where the GDA recommends installing loft and cavity wall insulation, these must first be fitted before applying for the dRHI. New self-built house can be exempt from the GDA requirement, as these will be assumed to have adequate building insulation. There are initial costs to the user to first obtain the EPC and GDA. (Find more information in the database of incentive programmes.) 
 

Scotland: “More Needs to be Done to Highlight the Benefits of Solar Thermal”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 17, 2013

In 2009 The Scottish Government instigated the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES). This originally provided funding for renewable projects including solar thermal projects when they were associated with not-for-profit communities. In March 2011 this scheme underwent a change due to the conditions that applied to the national renewable energy tariffs especially the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Feed-In tariff. Essentially now the decision for the communities became either to accept only a grant from CARES without the tariffs or find the capital funding without a grant and enjoy a long-term return from the tariffs. So the result became that only very few projects wanted to miss out on the tariffs and solar thermal applications are no longer benefitting much under the main CARES scheme. Although solar thermal had been reasonably popular in the first phase of the CARES scheme with solar thermal systems completed up to 2011 such as in schools and community centres, 2012 saw no applications for solar thermal plants within the new scheme.

Scotland: CARES Grants Renewables in Poor Communities

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 17, 2013

The Scottish Government supports the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) since March 2011, that subsidises 90 % of solar thermal systems in communities which fall within the lowest band of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. However, the community has to decide either to accept the grant from CARES without the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or to find the capital funding without a grant and enjoy a long-term return from the tariffs. So the result became that only very few projects wanted to miss out on the tariffs and solar thermal applications are no longer benefitting much under the main CARES scheme. See further background in the news.

Effective Date: 
Sunday, April 1, 2012

Risk Assessment of Structural Impacts on Buildings of Solar Hot Water Collectors and PV tiles and Panels (2010)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on September 24, 2012

This report was prepared for the Scottish government by BRE Scotland and Waterman Group, and looks at the loads imposed when solar thermal hot water collectors are attached to roofs and walls. Through this, they develop a risk-based approach for the installation of solar collectors onto different surfaces.

Great Britain: Launch of the UK Renewable Heat Incentive

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 5, 2011

After considerable delays and uncertainty, the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been finally launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme on 28th November 2011. Solar heating is one of the included technologies. The first phase of the tariff support is targeted at the non-domestic sector. This includes businesses, public sector, charities, not-for-profit organisations or industry which contributes 38% of the UK’s carbon emissions. Installations that were previously completed after 15 July 2009 will be eligible.

Skills for Work Energy Course: Energy: Domestic Solar Hot Water Systems (2008)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 10, 2011

This is an example of a document outlining the main features of a training course for domestic solar hot water systems. It includes the main outcomes, the work plan of the course, as well as employability skills which are developed throughout the course.

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