This post is a summary, as relating to biomass, so please be sure to read the full guidance and draft legislation before making an application.
1. The owner of the installation must be the applicant. Where located on third party premises, the participant will be required to ensure access for OFGEM inspections.
2. Installation capacity will be the peak heat output capacity of the installation, which is available from the equipment’s distributor or manufacturer.
3. An installation is “plant” which meets the eligibility criteria.
4. OFGEM’s interpretation of associated infrastructure and integral equipment
Associated infrastructure, all heating installations;
- Heat (hot water/ liquid and steam) meters
- Heat distribution system (e.g. pipes delivering heat to users, heating controls, pumps, valves, radiators/ heat distribution heat exchangers etc.)
- Heat storage equipment
- Other buildings housing the plant equipment (e.g. boiler house) & Foundations
Integral equipment – Solid biomass plants
- Boiler (e.g. ignition equipment, heat exchanger, electrical wiring and controls, combustion chamber, grate, air control, housing/ container)
- Pipework required for the effective start up and shut down of the plant (e.g. back end loop/ valve)
- Fuel feed equipment (e.g. auger, moving floor etc) where these are likely to be integral to the operation of the plant
- Flue gas treatment equipment (where it is different to the equipment required for a comparable gas installation) & Fuel storage equipment (e.g. fuel hopper)
Solid Biomass associated infrastructure
- Ancillary fossil fuel equipment (e.g. gas start-up equipment)
- Fuel delivery, processing (e.g. chipping/ drying) and preparation equipment
- Fuel store housing (e.g. fuel storage sheds, bunkers) & Flue
5. Other grants; RHI support will only be available for an eligible installation if no grant from public funds has been paid or will be paid.
6. Plants are only eligible for accreditation if their installation was completed and first commissioned on or after 15 July 2009.
7. Your plant must be new, not been previously used and the relocation of existing plant will render the plant ineligible.
8. Installations heating one single domestic premises are ineligible. District and community heating will be eligible for the RHI.
9. Heat delivery medium. The installation must use liquid or steam as a medium to deliver heat to the eligible use.
10. Microgeneration requirements; Biomass installations of 45kWth or less will be required to be backed up with certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
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