Domestic RHI extended to condensing biomass boilers

The Government has announced this week that condensing biomass boilers will be eligible for domestic RHI payments when the scheme launches in April 2014. Great news for homeowners with, or considering, a condensing biomass boiler for their home.

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that condensing biomass boilers will now be eligible for domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payments when this scheme is launched in April 2014. This confirmation follows research commissioned by The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), which revealed the risk of aquatic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) pollution from condensing biomass boilers to be minimal.

 Wood fuel for biomass boiler

PAHs are products of incomplete fuel burning and are categorised as priority hazardous substances under the EU Water Framework Directive. Defra has now confirmed that while a small amount of PAHs are released in the condensate from these boilers, the levels should not pose a significant threat to the aquatic environment once they have been through wastewater treatment. As a result the Government has extended the dRHI scheme to cover condensing biomass boilers.

 This applies to eligible condensing biomass boilers installed between 15th July 2009 and the launch of the scheme in Spring 2014, as well as those installed following the launch.

 READ MORE on this announcement on the DECC website.

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