Long and eagerly awaited, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) finally brings renewable heat production in Britain onto more of a level playing field with renewable electricity, which has been incentivised for some time through the Renewables Obligation.
It’s a little disappointing that domestic users (i.e. single households) won’t be able to get the RHI until 2012, but there will be some grants for installing a suitable system. For non-domestic users like small businesses, communities and local authority buildings, the RHI becomes available this summer and will pay a generous 7p per kilowatt hour for small biomass installations.
This should provide a welcome boost to the woodfuel sector, and with a growing market for woodchip and logs this should help to boost both woodland management and planting of new woodland.
Sian Atkinson, Conservation Team Leader