En­ergy and re­new­ables

In­stalling green tech­nolo­gies in your self-build not only of­fers en­ergy sav­ings in the long run, but you might qual­ify for gov­ern­ment schemes to help pay for them. As well as a warmer house, those who have qual­i­fied for the scheme have saved an av­er­age of

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Re­new­able Heat In­cen­tive (RHI)

The main fund­ing scheme of­fered by the Gov­ern­ment for in­stalling re­new­able heat­ing such as biomass, ground source and air source heat pump tech­nolo­gies, is the Re­new­able Heat In­cen­tive (RHI). The do­mes­tic RHI is for sin­gle-rated prop­er­ties and is payable for seven years. Quar­terly tax-free pay­ments, which in­crease an­nu­ally in line with the con­sumer price in­dex, are made to the home­owner. The amount of RHI payable is based on the en­ergy per­for­mance cer­tifi­cate (EPC) you re­ceive once your heat­ing in­stal­la­tion is com­plete. Typ­i­cally, a biomass in­stal­la­tion could pay­back in about eight years (de­pend­ing on fuel source). A ground or air source heat pump sys­tem usu­ally pays back in four to five years. The rates paid un­der the RHI vary de­pend­ing on what sys­tem you are in­stalling. Cur­rently, heat pumps (ground and air source) are seen as the best tech­nol­ogy to use and of­fer higher pay­ments. While the scheme is cur­rently sup­ported un­til at least 2022, the Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to adapt the cri­te­ria so it is im­por­tant that you, and your in­staller, keep up to date. Fur­ther changes have been mooted for 2017, in­clud­ing a cap on larger prop­er­ties and the re­moval of sup­port for so­lar ther­mal in­stal­la­tions.

Feed in tar­iffs (FITs)

The Feed in Tar­iffs (FITs) scheme is an­other Gov­ern­ment scheme de­signed to en­cour­age up­take of a range of small-scale, re­new­able and low-car­bon tech­nolo­gies to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity. Un­der FITs, you could be paid for the elec­tric­ity you gen­er­ate if you in­stall an el­i­gi­ble sys­tem such as so­lar PV or a wind or hy­dro tur­bine.

En­ergy sav­ing loans

Did you know you can ap­ply for an in­ter­est free loan to in­stall a va­ri­ety of mea­sures such as solid wall in­su­la­tion, dou­ble-glaz­ing or a new boiler? You can ap­ply for an in­ter­est free loan of up to £10,000 for in­stalling a va­ri­ety of home en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mea­sures such as solid wall in­su­la­tion, dou­ble glaz­ing or a new boiler. The HEEPS Loan scheme is open to owner

oc­cu­piers and reg­is­tered pri­vate sec­tor land­lords in Scot­land. See the list be­low for el­i­gi­ble mea­sures and val­ues. The re­pay­ment pe­riod varies based on the amount you in­tend to bor­row but those tak­ing out higher value loans will be able to pay back over 10 years. If you’re look­ing to find out what grants and loans you could ben­e­fit from call Home En­ergy Scot­land on 0808 808 2282 for free, im­par­tial, ex­pert ad­vice, or re­quest a call back. You can also use their Grants and Dis­counts Tool to find out what grants and loans may be avail­able to you.

How to qual­ify

To qual­ify for the RHI and/or FITs, the in­stal­la­tion must be car­ried out by a Mi­cro­gen­er­a­tion Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Scheme com­pany. It is a na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­ity as­sur­ance scheme, which cer­ti­fies mi­cro­gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies used to pro­duce elec­tric­ity and heat from re­new­able sources. Your in­stal­la­tion must also ad­here to the Re­new­able En­ergy Con­sumer Code (RECC), op­er­ated by the Re­new­able En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion. In ad­di­tion, to qual­ify for RHI pay­ments, you must have funded the heat­ing in­stal­la­tion your­self. The re­new­able heat­ing com­pa­nies in our guide will be able to guide you through the RHI process, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing an idea of how much your quar­terly pay­ments will be. Re­new­able heat­ing is the ob­vi­ous choice for any self-build project and with Gov­ern­ment in­cen­tives in place, it has never been a bet­ter and more prof­itable choice.

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