a. Renewable Heat Incentive

Provider: Department of Energy and Climate Change, administered by Ofgem

Summary:  This scheme is subject to change, please visit Department for Energy and Climate Change’s website for current information.

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a Government scheme that provides financial support to non-domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane. Your business will be paid for the hot water and heat generated and used. The RHI generation tariff is paid for every kilowatt-hour of energy produced, and the level of payment varies depending on the technology and the system size.  Payments will be made over a period of 20 years and adjusted annually in line with inflation.  If you want to become a participant in the RHI, you will need to apply to Ofgem for accreditation.  Only the owner of an installation is able to apply for accrediation onto the scheme.

Eligibility criteria: The first phase of the RHI scheme applies to non-domestic renewable heat units that supply heat to anything from large-scale industrial heating to small business and community heating projects, where the heat is used in a building.

Eligible equipment installed after 15 July 2009 will be supported under the RHI. You cannot receive a grant which contributed to the direct costs of an installation and receive the RHI.

Restrictions apply to any installation that was commissioned after the 28th November 2011 and for which a grant was received towards the costs of purchasing and/or installing.

Eligible technology: The following heat and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies will be supported: Biomass boilers; Biogas combustion (up to 200kWth); Deep Geothermal; Ground Source Heat Pumps (heating water); Energy from biomass proportion of Municipal Solid Waste; Solar Thermal (up to 200kWth); Water Source Heat Pumps (heating water).

More info: Visit DECC’s website

b. Feed in Tariffs

Provider: Department of Energy and Climate Change, through 6 main energy suppliers

Summary:  Feed-in Tariffs are under review, and we recommend you visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s website for the most up to date information.

Encouraging investment in low-carbon electricity generation in return for a guaranteed payment for the electricity you generate and use (Generation Tariff) as well as payment for unused surplus electricity you export back to the grid (Export Tariff).  For systems below 50kW the major equipment needs to be certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).  Systems below 50kW need to be installed by a company accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).  For systems above 50kW there is an accreditation process called `ROO-FIT; based on that used in the Renewables Obligation.

Eligibility criteria: Available for any organisation for systems with a capacity up to 5 megawatts.

Eligible technology: Small-scale low-carbon electricity technologies eligible for FITs: solar electricity (PV) (roof mounted or stand alone) / wind turbines (building mounted or free standing) /  hydroelectricity / anaerobic digesters / micro combined heat and power (CHP).

More info: Visit the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s website or Ofgem

c. Climate Change Agreements

Provider: Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Summary: Climate change agreements (CCA) allow eligible energy-intensive businesses to receive up to a 65% discount from the Climate Change Levy (CCL) in return for meeting energy efficiency or carbon-saving targets

Eligibility criteria: Energy Intensive Industries as defined by Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000, and extended to include industries where energy intensity is 3% or the industry import penetration ratio is 50% or more.  Smaller sites that do not meet the size thresholds of the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations, but otherwise would qualify, are also eligible for a CCA.

Eligible Technology: There are currently ten major energy intensive sectors and over thirty smaller sectors with agreements. The major sectors are: Aluminium; Cement; Ceramics; Chemicals; Food & drink; Foundries; Glass; Non-ferrous metals; Paper; Steel.

More Information: Visit the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s website to view guidance.

d. Kingspan Energy 100% Funded Solar PV Package

Provider: Kingspan Energy.

Summary: In return for a 25 year lease on a business’s roof space, Kingspan will 100% fund the design and installation of a solar PV system. A 25 year guarantee is also included, along with free lifetime monitoring and maintenance. The electricity generated by the system will be available to the host company at lower rates than would otherwise be supplied from the grid. As a result, participants will have fixed electricity costs indexed to RPI, rather than being exposed to annual fluctuations in energy prices.

Eligibility Criteria: UK business or building owner.

Eligible Technology: Solar PV panels.

More information: Visit the Kingspan website for more information.

e. Freetricity Solar Panels and Air Source Heat Pumps

Provider: Freetricity.

Summary: Free solar PV installation is available for certain properties, with Freetricity covering the costs through the Feed in Tariff generated. Air source heat pumps can be funded through the Green Initiative Solution, where the cost of the system is funded through savings in your energy bill.

Eligibility Criteria: Submit an enquiry through Freetricity’s website to assess whether your property is suitable for solar PV- the orientation, location and roof type will all affect your eligibility.

Eligible Technology: Solar PV panels and air source heat pumps.

More information: For more information visit the website.

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