RHI and financial support
Tariff are subject to periodical degression, so the earlier you apply the better!
More info on the RHI scheme
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government-funded scheme intended to financially stimulate the uptake of renewable heat generation in the UK (including from biomass), both for the domestic and non-domestic sectors. The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use heat from renewable sources: “tariff levels have been calculated to bridge the financial gap between the cost of conventional and renewable heat systems” and to provide a 12% return on the additional capital investment – for woodchip, this is the boiler system and chip store.
The UK has binding targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (based on 1990 baseline levels). One of the ways the Government is planning to achieve this is through the generation of renewable energy, with a target to source 15% of its energy from renewable by 2020. In 2011, only 2.2% of the heat generated in the UK came from renewable sources, however 58% of this is from wood combustion (35% domestic + 23% non-domestic). Whilst the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) were introduced “to encourage deployment of small-scale low-carbon electricity generation”, RHI focuses on heat. Indeed, in 2012 “around half of the UK’s carbon emissions came from the energy used to produce heat”. The government hopes RHI will help to “reduce emissions by 44 million tonnes of carbon to 2020, equivalent to the annual carbon emitted by 20 typical new gas power stations.” 
 (^) RHI policy document (pdf)
 (^) www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/legislation/energy_act_08/energy_act_08.aspx
 (^) www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/stats/publications/dukes/5956-dukes-2012-chapter-6-renewable.pdf
 (^) www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/Renewable_ener/feedin_tariff/feedin_tariff.aspx
 (^) DECC press release on 6/01/12.
If you are considering getting a biomass boiler or a woodstove installed in your home, business building or Local Authority, the following information sources are a good starting point to help you understand your options and their financial, practical and environmental implications, as well as finding installers and applying for financial support.
We also strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss the fuel storage options, as size and accessibility may greatly affect the cost of your fuel over your system lifespan.
NB – The last two documents were published in 2008-09: the information relating to governmental schemes is out of date but the technical and practical advice is still relevant.