"I am the heat of your
hearth, the shade
screening you from the
sun; I am the beam
that holds your house,
the board of your table;
I am the handle of your
hoe, the door of your homestead; the wood
of your cradle, and the shell of your coffin.
the gift of God and
the friend of man."
FEBRUARY 2010 - NEWS ARCHIVES
Cash rewards for low carbon electricity and heating
From April 1st,
households and communities who install generating technologies such as small
wind turbines and solar panels will from April be entitled to claim payments for
the low carbon electricity they produce.
The renewable heat incentive (RHI) will be a world first. The schemes are
designed to bring about a significant increase in the amount of locally produced
green energy, as a contribution to the wider shift of the energy mix to low
From 1 April householders and communities
who install low carbon electricity technology such as solar photovoltaic (pv)
panels and wind turbines up to 5 megawatts will be paid for the electricity they
generate, even if they use it themselves. The level of payment depends on the
technology and is linked to inflation.
They will get a further payment for any electricity they feed into the grid.
These payments will be in addition to benefiting from reduced bills as they
reduce the need to buy electricity. The scheme will also apply to installations
commissioned since July 2009 when the policy was announced.
A typical 2.5kW well sited solar pv installation could offer a homeowner a
reward of up to £900 and save them £140 a year on their electricity bill.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change also published plans for a scheme to
incentivise renewable heat generation at all scales. This will come into effect
in April 2011 and guarantee payments for those who install technologies such as
ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers and air source heat pumps.
Under the proposed tariffs the installation of a ground source heat pump in an
average semi-detached house with adequate insulation levels could be rewarded
with £1,000 a year and lead to savings of £200 per year if used instead of
The heat incentive could help thousands of consumers who are off the gas network
lower their fuel bills and gain a cash reward for greening their heating supply.
Details of funding for the scheme will be published in the Budget 2010.
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An assessment of the potential of the UK's trees and woodlands to mitigate
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