MP backs renewable incentive

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 April 2014

Tessa Munt using a 92 per cent efficient wood boiler, which would qualify for the RHI.

Tessa Munt using a 92 per cent efficient wood boiler, which would qualify for the RHI.

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SOMERSET MP Tessa Munt says a new initiative to pay landowners for renewable heat they generate could benefit residents in the region.

The domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI) was launched this week nationwide, covering heat generated through biomass, heat pumps and thermal panels.

Tariffs of between 7.3p and 19.2p per killowatt-hour will be paid by the government to those registered to the scheme, and Ms Munt has backed the idea for those locally.

She said: “Many people in rural Somerset are either stuck with expensive oil or LPG, or are trying to switch to greener ways of heating their homes and water.

“Not only will people have warmer homes and cheaper fuel bills, but also they will reduce their impact on the environment, and get cash payments for installing new low-carbon techonologies.”

Home owners, social and private landlords can all apply for the scheme, which is open to properties both on and off the gas grid.

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