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The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. By increasing the generation of heat from renewable energy sources (instead of fossil fuels), the RHI helps the UK reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet targets for reducing the effects of climate change.
There are two parts to the RHI: Domestic RHI – launched 9 April 2014 and open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders Non-domestic RHI – launched in November 2011 to provide payments to industry, businesses and public sector organisations The RHI is the main scheme of the Government’s heat strategy.
- Free advice and support to help communities and rural businesses develop renewable energy schemes,
- Advice on funding streams,
- Support to access CARES (development and pre-planning loans),
- Support to access the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (post-planning loans).
Community Energy Scotland is a registered charity that provides practical help for communities on green energy development and energy conservation.
- They believe that communities can become stronger, more self reliant and resilient by generating their own energy and using it efficiently.
- They provide education, finance and practical help.
- They say they are a voice for communities who want to act now for a more secure and sustainable energy future in Scotland