26th September 2012 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

Homeowners planning to install renewable heat technologies, such as biomass boilers and solar thermal panels could soon benefit from government plans to offer financial incentives for such tasks, Business Green has reported. Greg Barker, Climate Change Minister also announced plans to expand the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme for businesses to include air source heat pumps. He said: "Our proposals aim to encourage even more uptake of clean green heating  in industry and in our businesses. We have also set out our views on long-term support for those who invest in low carbon kit in their homes and we look forward to hearing your thoughts." RHI for domestic properties was initially expected to be launched in October this year alongside the Green Deal loan scheme. However, the Climate Change Minister said in March that we wouldn't see it until summer next year - over fears the scheme would run over budget if measures to control costs weren't put into place. The non-domestic Renewable Heat Scheme was launched last year - and has already played a part in hundreds of new energy-saving installations. Under the new plans, those installing green heat technologies in their homes will be in line to receive payments for seven years for each kilowatt hour (kWh) of heat they produce (when compared to their home's expected heat use).