The 'Boiler Upgrade Scheme' Explained May 13, 2022 The government recently launched the 'Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS),' which will provide payments to help property owners install low-carbon heating equipment such as heat pumps. Our heat pump installers will address all of your questions and explain the Boiler Upgrade Scheme in this blog. Looking to get a heat pump installed by expert MCS accredited installers using the 'BUS'? Our heating engineers operate across West Sussex and Hampshire including the local cities of Portsmouth and Southampton. Get in touch online today! What Is The Boiler Upgrade Scheme Grant? The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is a new government initiative aimed at encouraging households and businesses to replace their fossil fuel boilers with low-carbon heating systems such as air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. "Air Source Heat Pump Grant - £7,500 Ground Source Heat Pump Grant — Ofgem" Homeowners or businesses will be eligible for a £7,500 subsidy for installing an air source or ground source heat pump. Clean Heat Solutions, as an MCS accredited installer, will handle the grant with Ofgem on your behalf and subtract the full grant amount from your quotation. As a result, the upfront cost of your heat pump will be much closer to that of a standard fossil fuel system, making it easier for you to obtain the large carbon savings and operating cost benefits. Who is eligible for the grant under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme? Which technologies qualify for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme? In a nutshell, heat pumps. The following technologies will be supported by the Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant: A grant of £7,500 for air source heat pump systems A grant of £7,500 for ground source heat pump systems The initiative will apply to heat pump installations with a capacity of 45kW or less. All projects must be completed by an MCS-approved installer, such as Clean Heat Solutions, and an MCS certificate granted by the MCS-approved installer. Which properties qualify for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme? Only those homes in England and Wales are eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is available to all existing domestic and non-domestic buildings. As with past award programmes, any fundamental energy-saving measures must be undertaken prior to the installation of the heat pump. This implies that any cavity walls must be filled, and the loft must have a minimum of 270mm Rockwool insulation (or equivalent heat resistance). To demonstrate this, you must have an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate ("EPC") that does not list these steps as required. You can find your certificate via the button below: Find your EPC Certificate In addition to existing housing stock, the government recognises the need to prevent the installation of fossil fuel systems in the first place, and new self-build dwellings are now eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. Self-build homes must fit the Ofgem definition of "Custom Build," which can be found on the Ofgem website, in order to be qualified. Partial Heating and Hybrid Systems The heat pump must be designed to deliver all of the heating and hot water to the property in order to be eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme payment. The EPC for that property will specify the property's scope. The following circumstances are not eligible for a grant: Hybrid installations that include a backup boiler. Heat pumps that just supply heating rather than hot water are known as heating-only heat pumps. Installations in which the heat pump only covers a portion of the load specified in the EPC.Looking to capitalise on the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?Your MCS accredited heat pump installer will oversee the full Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant process. As a result, if you choose Clean Heat Solutions for your heat pump project in West Sussex or Hampshire including Portsmouth & Southampton, we will apply for and manage the BUS grant on your behalf. The following is the process for acquiring your grant: 1. Contact us via our contact form or phone us at 07391473964. 2. Clean Heat Solutions will prepare a free no-obligation quotation for your project. 3. Once you have accepted the quote, we will apply to Ofgem for your Boiler Upgrade Scheme grant as soon as we have all of the necessary information from yourselves. 4. The Heat Pump installation can then begin with us giving timeframes and updates throughout. 5. When the project is completed, we will redeem the voucher and receive the money directly from Ofgem.