It is not just solar energy from PV panels which are being incentivised by the government, there is also a tariff available for renewable heating systems which you have installed. This applies to things like ground source and air source heat pumps, as well as solar thermal panels. The scheme is called the Renewable Heat Incentive. It has been found that an increasing number of poultry farmers are making use of this by installing renewable heating systems on their property.
Heating for Broiler Sheds
With a reduced need for ventilation, resulting in a drier environment, using renewable heating systems for broiler sheds is very advantageous. With farmers constantly under financial pressure of course, any sort of financial assistance they can get is going to be welcome.
Of course it’s not just broiler sheds which will benefit from a renewable heating system though, any farm (or residential) building could be heated in this way.
When you get a renewable heat system installed by MCS accredited installers, such as those provided by Solar Energies UK, you will automatically qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive.
How the Renewable Heat Incentive Works
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) works in the same way as the feed in tariff does for solar energy produced by solar PV panels. You get paid for every unit of energy which you produce with your renewable energy system.
The amount you get paid will depend on the size of your system.
If you have a system which produces less than 200kWth then you can get a maximum of 8.3p p/kWth. If it can produce 200kWth to 1,000kWth then you can get a maximum of 5.2p p/kWth. When you take in to account the amount of money you are saving on your energy bills, this adds up to significant savings.
Payments are made in quarterly instalments, after your meter has been read to determine how much energy your system has produced.
Solar Thermal Panels
One of the most effective and efficient forms of renewable heat comes from the use of solar thermal panels. These convert solar energy in to heat rather than electricity, the way PV solar panels do. You still keep a boiler, but instead of having to heat cold water, it is taken to the roof first where it is heated by the solar thermal panels and then sent to the boiler for any additional heating. This vastly reduces the amount of energy needed to heat the water for your house.
When it comes to solar energy, UK production is usually focused on the PV solar panels but you can also make impressive savings with the solar thermal panels as well.
Solar Energies UK
Whether you own a farm, another sort of commercial property, or a residential house, having a renewable heating system installed can be just as profitable as a PV solar energy system. If you would like to learn more, or to get a free inspection and quote for your property, please get in touch with Solar Energies UK on our freephone number.