Government have announced a 6 month extension to the application window for the non-domestic renewable heat incentive (NDRHI), following the scheme’s planned closure in March 2021.
The extended deadline has been approved to aid projects that have suffered delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-Tariff Guarantee (non-TG) eligible projects will be allowed to apply for RHI support by September 30 2021, providing an ‘extension application’ is submitted by March 2021. This new form of application will require evidence to show that the project was under development and that capital was invested prior to the announcement (17th August). The exact evidence requirements will be announced by government in due course.
The NDRHI support is available to:
- solid biomass combined heat and power (CHP)
- geothermal and biomethane applications of all sizes
- biomass greater than or equal to 1MWth
- biogas greater than or equal to 600kWth
- ground source and water source heat pumps (including shared ground loops) greater than or equal to 100kWth
Reaction to the announcement has been positive, with Dr Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the REA saying:
The extension to the non-domestic RHI is excellent news and something the REA and it’s members have been working hard to achieve over the last few months.
“The extension will not only give existing projects the opportunity to be completed in light of COVID delays but will go a long way is boost the local economy, reduce emissions and creating and protecting green jobs, supply chains and skills in line with our Net Zero by 2050 goals.”
The full announcement is available to read here.