This summer has been a busy time so far for DECC’s Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) Team. On 24 July Greg Barker announced the launch of the new and exciting RHPP Phase 2 Communities Scheme. I recently joined the RHPP team as the policy advisor for the Communities Scheme.
I’m really enthusiastic about the RHPP Communities Scheme. It’s well known that local people know what is best for their own communities and we’re hoping with support, they can help us deliver renewable heat at a local level in a way that is right for them and spread the word on the benefits of clean, green heating.
The key purpose of the scheme is to support the installation of renewable heating systems in homes by providing vouchers to householders. A total of up to £8 Million of capital funding will be made available through this scheme. This isn’t the first voucher scheme we’ve run, and some may remember the Household Voucher Scheme, but where RHPP differs is that communities will now have the opportunity to organise local buying groups for renewable heating systems, potentially accessing bulk discounts and facilitating easier deployment for installers.
The scheme is also primarily targeted at making renewable heating affordable for middle to low income households and aims to reach homes with high carbon heating systems that are expensive to run.
We also understand and have seen examples where community groups have really fantastic ideas and enthusiasm but sometimes don’t have the expertise to take these ideas and make them a reality. That is where we can help. From the initial bids, those projects that are selected will move into the development phase where money and expertise will be available to help community groups develop their project further before submitting their final bids.
There is so much that can be gained from taking part in this scheme, so I would encourage you to take a look at the Energy Saving Trust website which has more details (including eligibility criteria and FAQs) and explains how you can apply. The closing date for the initial application is 7 September. Best of luck!