Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has welcomed the high uptake of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme across Scotland and in Dumfries & Galloway.
7,640 renewable heating systems have been installed across Scotland since the financial incentive scheme was introduced in April 2014 – including1,293 in Dumfries & Galloway.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to renewable heating systems can help reduce carbon emissions and heating costs for households.
Elaine Murray MSP met with representatives from Ofgem E Serve, the energy regulator’s delivery arm, which administers this scheme on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. She was pleased to learn that Scotland is at the forefront of uptake across Great Britain, with 1.4 applications per 1000 people in Scotland compared to the GB average of 0.6.
In Dumfries & Galloway, households have installed 1,013 Air Source Heat Pumps, 198 Biomass Boilers, 52 Ground Source Heat Pumps and 30 solar thermal systems.
Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“It’s great to see that so many people in this region have utilised the Domestic RHI scheme. The scheme will especially benefit those who aren’t on the gas grid as they are likely to save money on their energy bills. The huge increases in energy bills over the passed few years make something like this all the more significant. I would therefore encourage anyone in Dumfries & Galloway who has not looked into the Domestic RHI scheme to go on to Ofgem’s E Serve website.”
Managing Director Chris Poulton said:
“The Domestic RHI is a world-first scheme which E-Serve has a great track record in delivering for DECC and also the devolved administration in Northern Ireland. I would encourage anyone who is interested in the scheme to visit our website www.ofgem.gov.uk/domesticrhi and read our Essential Guide for Applicants.”