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First winners of Renewable Heat Premium announced

9 December 2011 No Comment

The government has pledged £4 million to help social housing providers install green heating systems, decc.gov.uk reports.

Under the Renewable Heat Premium Payment directive, the government has made available a pot of £4 million to 24 social housing providers. This could help them install interior cladding, solar panelling and other such eco-friendly features.

A row of characteristic English cottages in Cambridge, UK

Eco-friendly features for tenants

Applications for the scheme were completed earlier this year, with the scheme seeing a huge uptake as 125 social housing schemes across the UK competed for the 24 places. The sheer volume of applicants meant that the pot was raised from £3 million to £4 million, with the government acting upon the large number of suitable entrants.

Those who were lucky enough to secure a place will be afforded a maximum of £175,000 to revolutionise the homes of their tenants.

New heating technologies in social housing

Speaking to greenbuildingpress.co.uk about the project, energy and climate change minister Greg Baker explained:

“This scheme directly targets many of the people who struggle to pay their heating bills in the winter and I am pleased so many social housing organisations will be able to get a share of the cash.”

“It will encourage an increase in the number of new heating technologies in social housing and help people deal with expensive fuel costs.”

The lucky schemes are just the first to be awarded as part of the scheme, with more set to be announced in the coming months.

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