Exmoor WoodHeat Grants

Householders living in or close to Exmoor may soon have access for a limited period only, to grants of £2,500  for installing domestic wood heating boilers (log, chip and pellet).
The scheme is being developed by Exmoor National Park Authority in conjunction with the Exmoor Hill Farm Project and Exmoor Trust amongst others, following a successful first-stage application to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Renewable Heat Premium Payment Communities Scheme.

Tim Stokes, Exmoor National Park Authority’s Sustainability and Economy Manager said: “Most households in Exmoor have to use expensive fuels to heat their homes such as oil, LPG or electricity so switching to wood fuel could be a good way of cutting costs”. He added, “Farmers in particular could benefit from installing wood heating because they often have a good supply of wood from hedgerows and woodlands on their land.”

The deadlines set by DECC for the scheme are extremely tight, and people will need to register their interest by November 14th 2012 at the latest to stand a good chance of receiving a grant. Registrations will be accepted after that date, but the chance of receiving a grant may be reduced. The work will need to be carried out by 30th June 2013 at the latest.

The grants are only likely to be available for systems that are installed to heat domestic properties including domestic farmhouses. For systems designed to heat more than one building, the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payment is in place. Bulk discounts are also likely to be available for certain boiler makes.

For more information regarding this scheme and to register your interest, please contact Tim Stokes (tcstokes@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk) or Ben Eardley (bdeardley@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk) on 01398 323665.

Published: 8 October 2012

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Clare O-Connor
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