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Mar, 2015

Current Capital Grants Available – N.I. Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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At C. McIlvar Ltd we have years experience delivering a diverse range of projects which have been funded through a number of funding programmes. Consequently we are familiar with the criteria to optimise successful applications to a wide variety of schemes.  Example of a current government incentive/capital grant scheme is provided below. 

Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat. It provides subsidies to eligible, businesses and domestic renewable heat generators and producers of biomethane based in the UK and Northern Ireland, payable for the life of the installation or up to a maximum of 20 years.

The Northern Ireland RHI (NIRHI) policy and tariff rates are set by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI). It is designed to help reduce heat energy bills and try and help Northern Ireland reach their target of increasing renewable heat use to 10% by 2020.

How the scheme works…..

The RHI provides financial support for renewable heat technologies for the lifetime of the installation (to a maximum of 20 years). Payments will be made on a quarterly basis and determined by the actual heat output of the system therefore heat meters will be required for each installation.

Under the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, the RHI tariffs must be adjusted annually in line with the retail price index (RPI) for the previous calendar year. DETI must make the necessary calculations and publish the revised tariffs and Ofgem, as administrators of the scheme, must take account of the tariff changes and ensure they are applied.

 Who can benefit?

Commercial RHI payments

Any business that has a large heating bill and converts from oil or gas to Biomass heating, Ground Sourced Heat Pump (GSHP), Geothermal, Biomethane and Solar Thermal. The boiler/generator must have been installed after September 2010 to be eligible. In the context of the scheme, a non-domestic installationis a renewable heat unit that supplies large-scale industrial heating right down to small community heating projects. This includes small businesses, hospitals, schools, Chicken Houses, Hotels, Nursing Homes and so on, as well as district heating schemes (for example where one boiler serves multiple homes.

Find out more information on the tariffs that will be implemented within the ‘Grants’ page.

For the majority of such schemes obtaining planning approval is the most time critical factor. At C. McIlvar Ltd we can help you plan, design and complete the application processes for such projects.  Contact C.McILvar for more information. 

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