UK Domestic Renewable Heat Update – December 2014
The latest data available for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive covers the period from the launch of the scheme on April 9th 2014 to the end of November 2014. The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a UK Government scheme to encourage the use of renewable heating technologies. Under the scheme, householders receive quarterly payments for a period of 7 years based on the amount of renewable heat their system produces. Figures from the scheme show renewable heat installations in the UK continuing to grow.
Key Points From November 2014
Legacy Applications Continue to Dominate
The Domestic RHI has had 19,283 applications. Legacy applications account for 77.06% (14,860) of applications to date. Only 22.94% (4,423) of applications are for “new” installations, ie those that took place since the launch of the scheme. It is new applications that give us an indication of current activity in the renewable heat market.
New Installations Continue to Grow Month on Month
The number of installations applied for under the scheme have been increasing month on month for the 7th month running. It is yet to be seen how much of this may be seasonal.
November Installations Up 28.36% on October
There were 1,195 new installations in November, the biggest month to date and 28.36% up on October which was previously the busiest month.
Growth is Lifting All Technologies
The technology mix is changing from month to month and although biomass has been the big winner in terms of percentage share, it is important to note that all technologies are growing. New installations of every technology have been rising since the start of the scheme and all except solar thermal saw record new installation numbers in November.
Biomass Continues to Surge Forward
Biomass has been the most popular technology since the launch of the domestic RHI and it’s upward surge continued in November. Biomass now accounts for 44% of new installations under the Domestic RHI. October was a particularly strong month for biomass with 449 new installations. November went even higher with 600 new applications. Put in context, November’s new biomass installations are nearly 2.5 times as many as in August or September.
New Applications by Installed Technology
New applications are for systems installed since the launch of the scheme on 9th April 2014.
|Air Source Heat Pump||1,435||32%||1,052||31%|
|Ground Source Heat Pump||292||7%||196||6%|
Total Applications by Installed Technology
Total applications include both new applications and legacy applications.
|Air Source Heat Pump||7,396||38%||6,039||37%|
|Ground Source Heat Pump||3,086||16%||2,468||15%|
Our Domestic Renewable Heat Updates page is updated monthly with the latest figures, reports and graphs on domestic renewable heat activity in the UK and numbers from the Domestic RHI.
If you would like to find out more about the Domestic RHI, you might find our Domestic RHI Guide useful.
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