Analysis by Pixie Energy of the latest non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), published by BEIS, shows there is a continuing decline in the number of installations made under the scheme; however, average capacity continues to rise.
The latest quarter’s figures (January to March 2019) saw the second highest capacity per installation in the history of the scheme, at 0.88MW per installation, second only to the 1.01MW per installation reported in September 2018.
Stuart Leaver Analyst at Pixie Energy, said:
“The average capacity increases are likely to be due to economies of scale from installing more substantial heat assets. With those adopting schemes seeking to maximise the benefits, they can receive before changes in accreditation rules.
“The data indicates that there has been a rise in large biomass boiler installation capacity. This is possibly a result of the recent consultation – Renewable Heat Incentive: biomass combustion in urban areas.
“This consultation has the potential to impact accreditation for the scheme in the future, and asset developers may be attempting to get ahead of any reduction of subsidy and eligibility for larger heating assets.
“As government continue to map out the pathways for renewable heat and associated networks, these shifting trends are important in shaping government thinking around future policy for the sector.”
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