Installers are being urged to register renewable heating systems installed since 15 July 2009 on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installation database as soon as possible to avoid customers missing out on domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.
Nancy Jonsson, Product Manager, Heating and Renewables, Daikin UK:
“As well as new systems, the domestic RHI is open to homes that already use renewable heat technology. These ‘legacy’ systems must be registered on the MCS installation database by 4pm on the 22 October 2013 to qualify for RHI payments.
“After this deadline, it will not be possible to obtain MCS certification for these older systems. New installations will have to be registered within 10 working days of being installed and commissioned.”
In most cases, to be eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), only one technology can be installed for space heating purposes: an air-to-water heat pump, ground source heat pump or biomass boiler, plus solar thermal for hot water.
Installations must be carried out by a MCS registered installer using products certified under the scheme and certification will have to be included with the domestic RHI application. The same rules apply for legacy systems.
Designed to stimulate demand for renewable heat technology, the domestic RHI aims to help the UK meet renewables targets, reduce carbon emissions and to help households save money on fuel bills.
Under the scheme, expected to launch in Spring 2014, homes generating and using renewable energy will receive 7.3p/kWh for air-to-water heat pumps, 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps, 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers and at least 19.2p/kWh for solar thermal systems. The tariffs are paid on the renewable heat generated.