Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C


East Anglia: Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) encourages households to adopt ‘green’ energy

09:10 10 April 2014

Greg Barker, Minister for Energy And Climate Change.

Greg Barker, Minister for Energy And Climate Change.

Homeowners are being offered a financial sweetener to make the switch to renewable energy.


The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been launched by the Government to encourage people to invest in clean energy by off-setting the cost of installing a low-carbon system in their home.

The programme, hailed as a world first, can be used to fund a range of different technologies, including biomass heating systems, air source heat pumps and solar thermal panels.

Greg Barker, minster for energy and climate change, said: “Not only will people have warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills, they will reduce their carbon emissions, and will also get cash payments for installing these new technologies.

“It opens up a market for the supply chain, engineers and installers – generating growth and supporting jobs as part of our long-term economic plan.”

The scheme is open to homeowners, social and private landlords, and people who build their own homes, whether on or off the gas grid, and is designed to bridge the gap between the cost of fossil fuel heat sources and renewable energy.

Guaranteed payments, made quarterly over seven years, are available for households in England, Wales and Scotland.

n For further details about the scheme including eligibility criteria and how to apply visit


1 comment

  • And where is this money coming from? Out of our pockets.

    Report this comment

    James M

    Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kieron Dyer on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. Photo:  ITV/PA Wire

It was a rather uneventful night for former Ipswich Town player Kieron Dyer in the I’m A Celebrity... jungle last night

The Buttermarket Centre will become a £35m pleasure palace

Excitement is building as Ipswich prepares to welcome a string of big-name restaurants as part of the Buttermarket makeover.

It's been a busy day in Ipswich

All the news from a busy day in Ipswich in video form, including the closure of Marks and Spencer, station revamp and sport.

Felixstowe Beach Station not long before demolition in 2004.

Investigations are under way following clearance work at the former site of a historic railway station.

How well do you know your cars?

Test your knowledge in our car photo quiz and see if you can identify which car is which from just one small feature.

Company director spared jail

A Suffolk company director who crushed a worker to death was spared jail by a judge at Norwich Crown Court today.

The fire service cordons off an area near Marks and Spencer in Westgate Street where UK Power Networks works to find a  carbon monoxide leak

Marks & Spencer in Ipswich town centre was closed for most of the day after a carbon monoxide leak was detected.

Stores in Ipswich ready for Black Friday.

Black Friday is nearly upon us and it is set to kick off the busiest Christmas online shopping periods.

Two cars have been involved in a crash in Ipswich.

Foundation Street, Ipswich, around a century ago. Little remains of the ancient buildings in this street. This photograph was taken from near the junction of Lower Brook Street.

Foundation Street is one of the oldest streets in Ipswich, connecting the port with the town centre. Buildings which had stood for centuries were demolished in the early 1960s in what was then seen as “improvements”.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24