A new £6 million competition aimed at getting renewable heating kit into the homes of social tenants across Great Britain has been launched by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.
This new competition, part of the extended Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme announced in March this year, will help registered providers of social housing to install heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomass boilers.
Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “This new investment in renewable heat projects will enable social landlords across Great Britain to get innovative renewable heating kit into the homes of their social tenants. This will help save money on energy bills and provide low carbon alternatives to traditional heating systems.
“More than 100 social landlords are already taking advantage of over £13 million under our renewable heat competitions. I would encourage more social landlords to rise to the challenge and get involved.”
National Housing Federation assistant director Helen Williams said: “This competition will help build on the great work already done by housing associations to promote renewable heat, particularly in off-grid areas to help reduce bills and tackle fuel poverty.
“The social housing sector has the potential to make a real difference for residents, so it is great this is being recognised. This will help build the required expertise as we move toward the introduction of RHI domestic.”
There will be two bidding windows, the first closing on 28 June, with projects to be completed by March 2014, and the second closing on 27 September, with installations to be finished by June 2014.
The scheme will be run by the Energy Saving Trust and bids will be judged by a panel of experts on a range of criteria including value for money, fuel to be replaced, additional energy efficiency measures to be installed and plans to work with local communities. Social landlords already allocated money under previous rounds of this competition are eligible to apply for further funding for new projects.
DECC will host a number of events to help social landlords through the application process over the next few months. The first round of successful bidders under this competition will be announced in the summer.