Renewable heating boost for social landlords

Installing energy efficiency measures will be made easier for social landlords under changes to the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) support scheme.

Launched in April this year, the domestic RHI offers payments to householders and landlords installing a range of green heating technologies, such as heat pumps, biomass boilers, and solar thermal panels.

Energy Minister Amber Rudd announced yesterday that from spring 2015 registered social landlords will no longer need to have had a Green Deal energy efficiency assessment to apply for RHI payments as long as they have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) less than two years old.

"Renewable heating is a win-win for everyone - landlords, tenants and the environment," Rudd said. "Social landlords often provide homes for some of the most vulnerable people, by making the RHI more accessible to them we hope more of their tenants will be able to enjoy warmer homes and lower bills."

The government yesterday confirmed that the scheme will also include cooker stoves - biomass-fuelled stoves with back boilers that can be used for space and hot water heating as well as cooking - from spring next year.

Both the changes for landlords and the addition of stoves are subject to parliamentary approval.

SBS have a wide range of renewable heat technologies that are eligible for RHI payments, as well as the training to support the installation of these technologies. If you would like more information, email

This article has been adapted from an article published in Business Green.