DECC seeks change to renewable heat scheme application process

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is looking to change the current process in which social landlords can apply for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.

DECC is speaking to regulator Ofgem about upgrading its IT system to allow ‘bulk’ applications for the [RHI]( domestic scheme, which incentivises landlords to install green energy measures. Currently social landlords have to submit individual applications for each property.

Speaking at the Homes 2014 conference last month, Stephen Roberts, head of market intelligence at DECC, said: ‘What we are trying to do with Ofgem is work on its IT system so that for social landlords there will be an easier way to do it, we recognise that [it] is [currently] a little bit onerous.’

Under the scheme, landlords or owner-occupiers can install Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Biomass Boilers and Solar Thermal panels tax-free.

A spokesperson for Ofgem said: ‘We will be interested in looking at ways to further streamline the application process for those applicants, such as social landlords, who have multiple applications.’

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This article has been adapted from an article published in Inside Housing.