Large homes force cut in biomass RHI tariffs

DECC has cut incentive tariffs for domestic biomass boilers due to rapid uptake by a few large projects, with negative consequences for smaller homes. Meanwhile, there is concern over longer term policy and funding for all energy efficiency and microgeneration

Large, energy-hungry homes fitting biomass boiler plants have been widely blamed for provoking a 20% cut in incentive payments for the technology under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) from July.

The domestic RHI scheme provides incentive payments for heat generated from eligible sources within single Green Deal-assessed homes over seven years, including air and ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and biomass stoves with integrated boilers, and solar thermal panels.

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