MCS certified products and the Renewable Heat Incentive RHI
The government have at last announced details of the new Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (known as the Domestic RHI) which will pay generous grants to householders who heat their house and hot water using renewable technologies like heat pumps, solar panels and wood or wood pellet stoves with back boilers. The idea is that this will help reduce our carbon emissions, lower our heating bills and help the government reach their renewable targets.
For biomass boilers like log gasification stoves, woodburners with a boiler or wood pellet stoves they plan to pay 12.2 pence for every kWh produced over a seven year period. The appliance must be accredited under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and fitted by an MCS accredited installer.
The scheme is open to home owners, private and social landlords and people who build their own homes. There is a requirement to complete a Green Deal assessment and comply with the minimum insulation requirements. The Green Deal assessment has two aspects, the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and the Green Deal assessment Report (GDAR).
The EPC will tell you how good, or not so good, the energy performance of your house is at present. The assessor will also ask a series of questions about how you use your house, ask to see your utility bills etc and the Green Deal Advice Report will then make recommendations as to how you can improve that energy performance. It will also calculate the heat demand of your house and it will be that figure that is used to decide the amount of your RHI grant. You are now in a position to contact an MCS installer and have your biomass boiler installed.
At the moment you will be eligible for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment of £2,000 and then for the RHI grant payments which will begin next spring. The Premium Payment scheme will end when the RHI Scheme begins. That £2,000 will be taken off the RHI grant that you subsequently receive. You are eligible for the RHI even if you live in an area with mains gas but, confusingly, you are not eligible for the Premium Payment. Whether you receive the Premium Payment or not, the total amount you ultimately receive will be the same. If you have a secondary form of heating (like a gas or oil boiler) then both the biomass boiler and the secondary heating boiler will need to be metered.
Please be aware that the government have repeatedly delayed the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and at various times have altered the terms under which they propose to make it available. Previous government schemes of this nature (Clear Skies, Premium Payment, Green Deal etc) have all been characterised by government indecision and changes of mind - the debacle around the Feed In Tariff for Solar Photo Voltaic Panels was a classic example of this.
For this reason we reserve the right to alter information on government grants without prior notice and always stress to potential customers that they should make their decision to go for a renewable energy source based on the savings that are achievable through the cheaper cost of the fuel and treat any grants as a bonus.
The Renewable Heat Incentive
RHI The Renewable Heat Incentive is a grant scheme targeted at renewable heating systems. Biomass boilers, solar thermal, ground and water-source heat pumps are covered but not air source heat pumps.The RHI is centrally funded, unlike the FIT PV scheme which is funded by additions to utility bills (and so can be viewed as a sort of stealth tax if you were feeling cynical).
Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme
Applies to: Domestic installations.
When: From the May 1st 2012 till March 2014.
What is it: You can apply for a one-off Premium Payment voucher of £2000 towards the installation of your biomass boiler. There are also payments towards solar thermal and heat pumps available.Criteria: The biomass boiler must be MCS registered, as must be your installer. Your house will also need to meet the minimum insulation criteria of 250mm of loft insulation and cavity wall insulation and also be off the gas grid.
Biomass boilers - £2000.
Solar thermal - £600.
Air source heat pump - £1300.
Ground or water source heat pump - £2300.
RHI Phase I Commercial
If you are a business or part of a community that want to provide heat to a group of houses then Phase I of the RHI is for you. For a biomass boiler you would get a payment of 7.5p per kWh up to a pre-defined ceiling (they call it a "Tier") after which the rate drops. In the calculations I have done recently it would appear that the ceiling is pretty generous and so you would usually expect to stay within the 7.5p/kWh ceiling as long as the system is correctly sized, and run as it should be.
RHI Phase II Domestic
Phase II of the RHI would apply to domestic installations and may start in 2014. But it has been delayed so many times now that I wouldn't hold your breath. It is likely that you will need to have an energy survey of your property and take up any measures as recommended through the Green Deal scheme. However you do get the £2000 voucher AND wood pellets are already cheaper than lpg or oil so.....
If you are considering Phase II of the scheme then I would advise that you make sure that the installation makes sense, regardless of the possible grant payments. Until they are formally announced no-one is totally sure of the final structure or the criteria of the scheme so it would be best to make sure that the install itself meets the criteria as we believe them to be at present but not to rely on the scheme for the figures to add up. That way when, and if, the scheme goes live and when, and if, you end up qualifying then it will come as a bonus.
MCS registered pellet, log gasification and biomass boilers
MCS certified products have been certified to ensure that they are of a high quality and meet the standards expected when the are to be supported by a government grant scheme.
Please find a list below of the pellet boiler stoves, pellet boilers, and log gasification boilers on our site which are MCS registered.
Broseley Evolution 26 - the only MCS certified log boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: HTSMCS1201/01
Klover Smart 120 - MCS certified wood pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/31
Klover Smart 80 - MCS certified wood pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/27
Klover Star 14 - MCS certified wood pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/01
Klover Diva - MCS certified wood pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/04
Klover Diva Mid - MCS certified wood pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/11
Klover Diva Plus - MCS certified wood pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/17
Klover Insert - MCS certified insert wood pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/33
Klover Bi-fire - MCS certified log and pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/22
Klover Bi-fire Mid - MCS certified log and pellet boiler stove CERTIFICATION CODE: NQA B 0002/24
Orlan Super / Angus Super log gasification boilers
Lincar Stella pellet boiler
Orligno log gasification boilers
Vigas log gasification boilers
Biomass boilers over 40kW do not need to be MCS registered so remember this if you are considering a large log gasification boiler.
We are asked from time to time and can now say that the Broseley Evolution is so far the only MCS registered boiler stove in the UK!
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR FURTHER DETAILS https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-heat-is-on-for-householders
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