The Clean Heat Grant Scheme (CHGS)
– All you need to know about this new scheme which aims to decarbonise the UK heating market
Published on the 30th of June 2020
Feature from Cambridge Cleantech Associate Founder member Ecolution
This scheme is offering upfront funding of up to £4000 in the form of vouchers for each household or business purchasing renewable heating technologies such as air, ground and water-source heat pumps. Funding has been committed for two years to March 2024, after which the scheme will close to new applicants.
Hybrid systems such as hybrid heat pumps will not be supported. Process heating, biogas combustion, solar thermal and heat networks have all been excluded.
For consumers to qualify for a grant they will have to choose an MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) certified installer.
MCS formed the Low Carbon Heat Task Force having members from several industry experts including MCS certified Installers like Ecolution, who will explore the key themes of the consultation and the impact on technologies including heat pumps, solar thermal and biomass making sure that they will provide their invaluable expertise in order to ensure that changes to the policy are supportive to the future market growth.
Systems with a capacity of up to 45kW will be eligible for the scheme and high and low-temperature systems.
BEIS proposes that the process should be installer-led, with proof of installation provided by the installer and the grant paid directly to the installer post-installation.
How swiftly will the grants be paid and how the installers will be affected? Will this new scheme be enough to stimulate the growth needed in the market? Will it reach the consumers who could benefit the most from the installation of a renewable technology?
The ‘Future support for low carbon heat’ from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is out. These proposals will further focus support on strategically important low carbon heating technologies and uses, clarifying the relationship with other government support schemes, and strengthen value for money. If you’re interested in the future of low carbon heating, and the post-covid-world, make sure to check it out. The consultation closes on July 7.