Households Sign Up For Renewable Heat Scheme

Enough households have expressed an interest in joining a renewable heating scheme to allow organisers to make a formal application to the government.

27 homes across the islands said they would be keen to applying for the grants to fund new, sustainable home heating sources, at a meeting held by Low Carbon Scilly last Wednesday.

ISREC and Low Carbon Scilly, who promote conversion to sustainable energy practises, were hoping to find around 30 households to apply for government cash from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme. Lisa says they’ll now start putting together their application to join the scheme.

Each home could get around £6,000 for ground source heat pumps, £4,400 for air source heat pumps, £5,200 for biomass or wood burners and £2,000 for solar thermal systems.

Lisa’s hopeful that Scilly will be successful because the islands meet several of the key criteria, with no mains gas and recognised levels of deprivation.


2 Responses to Households Sign Up For Renewable Heat Scheme

  1. Stavropol September 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I quite agree Sue, technologies like Solar Photovoltaics are now main stream and very cost effective long term investments good for the environment and also the tenants pockets, reducing their costs of electricity dramatically. I see 4kW systems start from 6000 now, this has to be only a pittance in the overall cost of these devlopements but would make a huge difference to the tenants and in the end, improve the islands economy.

  2. Sue Williams September 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    What about those of us who live in Duchy houses? I have asked them about doing something positive for their tenants, as HRH keeps bleating on about saving the planet, but it seems that if it involves spending money they are not interested. The refurbishment of Watermill, Green Farm and soon Borough Farm, would be a golden oppotunity to install sustainable energy systems, but so far, nothing is happening.