The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) would like to commission an evaluation of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme, Phase Two (RHPP2), and a summary across both phases (an interim process evaluation of Phase One and analysis of customer questionnaires are currently being undertaken by contractors; the raw data and final reports from this will be made available to the successful contractor when available). The evaluation will provide an independent assessment of scheme delivery (across the three mechanisms that are being used to reach people); the extent to which it met its objectives; and the lessons that can be learnt from the scheme to inform further development of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and the longer term implementation of DECCâ€™s heat strategy. The RHPP2 scheme is a short-term learning scheme that runs from April 2012 to March 2013 and comprises three elements: 1. one-off grants to householders to help with the cost of installing renewable heating technologies; 2. competitions for social landlords to bid for funds to install renewable heat technologies into social housing; and 3. a scheme to install renewable heating technologies in private homes through community action. The scheme is funded by Department of Energy and Climate Change and is delivered by the Energy Saving Trust (EST). For both Phases 1 and 2, the RHPP scheme is available to those living in Great Britain. For the householder element of the scheme, any householder can apply for solar thermal, but only people in off-gas areas can apply for heat pumps and biomass boilers. The off-gas criterion do not apply for the social landlord and communities elements of the scheme, although will have resulted in higher score rating when considering applications for funding. It is envisaged this evaluation will comprise a mix of: analysis of secondary data; quantitative and qualitative data collection with private households, social landlords, social housing tenants, community project managers and households in the communities scheme; qualitative research with installers and stakeholders; qualitative research with a sample of non participants of the scheme (for example, those who applied for the scheme but did not proceed with installing new technologies); and a synthesis of RHPP1 and RHPP2 that adds value to what has been covered in the RHPP1 interim evaluation (available from March 2013).
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
,3, Whitehall Place
0300 068 6747
Contract value: 190000.00GBP
Published: 23 Jan 2013, Receipt by: 18 Feb 2013
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