Non-domestic RHI scheme extended: A 14-month extension has been announced by the UK Government for non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme applicants to complete projects delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The move is aimed at companies to help them avoid missing the start-dates for their projects, protect investment in the renewable heat industry and provide security to workers and certainty in specialised supply chains.
Offering businesses a set tariff for 20 years, the non-domestic RHI is for generating large-scale renewable heat for the energy grid – which can be achieved through a range of technologies including heat pumps or biomass boilers.
The extension to March 2022, from the previous deadline of January 2021 for projects to be operational decision, has been made following a response to the RHI consultation.
The government has also confirmed a third allocation will open in July, in addition to extending the second allocation of tariff guarantees.
Kwasi Kwarteng Energy Minister said: “It is right that we offer certainty and breathing space to companies embracing renewable heat technology across the country.
“Renewable heat will play a key role in the UK’s economic recovery as we redouble efforts to tackle carbon emissions. With government support, these vital projects are on course to stop 108 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from polluting the atmosphere, while also helping to create new green-collar jobs.”
The Domestic RHI has also been given a 12-month extension, which will now run until 31 March 2022, has also been announced – this is expected to avoid 1.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions through the retrofitting of low carbon heating to 18,000 households.
Non-domestic RHI scheme extended