Disappointing first year for renewable heat incentive

The government’s subsidy regime for renewable heat has only had a few hundred claimants in its first year, but industry is hopeful this will accelerate

Just 586 installations are claiming subsidies under the renewable heat incentive (RHI) a year into its life, according to data from Ofgem.

The take-up is far lower than expected. Nearly 1,500 additional installations will now be needed per month to reach the government’s target for 123,000 businesses and public sector bodies to be using renewable heat by 2020.

Renewables firms hope forthcoming policy changes will accelerate growth over the next 12 months.

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