Beis touts £4k grant for heat pumps plus green gas subsidies


Government is planning to offer grants of £4,000 in a bid to boost heat pump uptake.

The grant, for both businesses and households for schemes up to 45kW, is detailed in a consultation on future support for low carbon heat.

The consultation also outlines subsidy support for biomethane injected into the grid – a mechanism government “would like to be in place as soon as practicable” so that there are no gaps in support when the non domestic RHI closes to new applicants next March.

As such, Beis said the Green Gas Support Scheme will begin in financial year 2021-22 and will run until financial year 2025-26.

It plans to tier subsidies to favour larger plant and is considering 15-year payments, though seeks views on 10- or 12-year support.

For the heat pump scheme, all technologies will be eligible, and Beis said the grant may work particularly well in shared ground loop schemes.

See details here.

Separately, the department is consulting on the closure of the non-domestic RHI, see that document here.

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