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DECC invites applications for biomass boiler grant scheme

The Government is inviting applications for a share of a £15m fund for the installation of biomass boilers and other green heaters.

The Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, launched by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), will support 25,000 installations of ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and biomass boilers, aimed at the four million UK homes not heated by mains gas.

Under the scheme, the technologies will be offered different levels of financial support, with £950 offered for biomass boilers, £300 for solar thermal hot water panels and £1,250 for ground source heat pumps.

Participants will provide “detailed feedback” on their experience through surveys, which will allow DECC to better understand renewable heat technologies. The Government will also provide new meters for the heating equipment in order to acquire information about performance of the technologies.

Climate change minister Greg Barker said: “Today starts a new era in home heating because we are making it more economical for people to go green by providing discounts off the cost of eco-heaters. This should be great news for people who are reliant on expensive oil or electric heating because the premium payment scheme is really aimed at them.”

The scheme opens on 1 August on a first come, first served basis and closes on 31 March 2012.

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