There’s a double bout of news on the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) front today. 

Firstly, our RHPP team been sat with their heads down alongside similar folk from the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, poring over the details of the 125 applications for funding from the social housing pot of the scheme, and now, the results are in.

A whole 24 projects announced today are getting the funding to press on with their plans, ranging from a very precise £21,193.20 for City of York Council to the maximum £175,000 for the likes of Cymdeithas Tai Eryri in Wales. And there’s a few more yet to be announced when i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.

The scheme’s funding is aimed to target off-gas properties – so it’s no surprise that by far and away the most popular technology that will be going into social tenants’ homes will be air-source heat pumps (53% of schemes use only ASHP) – renowned as heating devices that are very easily retrofitted into off-gas homes with good results.

There’s also a good regional spread, from more happy coincidence than design. Only London (not famous for its off-gas properties) is not represented as a government region with a scheme funded, with East Midlands edging the rest as the biggest geographical recipient of funds (20%).

Of course, the headline of this blog is a bit misleading. The renewable heating success stories have yet to come to fruition just yet – as the projects funded are due to be complete by March 2012. But by then, well, just you wait…We’ll be on hand to ensure that the projects deliver what they promised – an absolutely essential quality of any regional green scheme.

The latest list of those awarded funding can be found on the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s website.

Secondly, but no less importantly, we’ve published a full regional breakdown of who’s been taking advantage of what as part of the main stream of RHPP – the receive-a-voucher, install-the-kit version, for those that need a very brief refresher.

2680 vouchers have been issued so far, with the lion’s share in England (1981). And while air source heat pumps again dominate the technology breakdown, this varies between the nations of the UK.

Scotland’s prime technology is the biomass boiler (133 vouchers to 99 for ASHP) while Wales has a much more even technology split than the others (solar thermal and ASHP neck and neck at 88 vouchers, biomass and ground-source heat pumps at 57 and 60 respectively).

Of course, blog-length only affords a brief snapshot – but if you want to see the rest, the numbers are available here.