The latest figures for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) show that from April to July 2014, 7,418 homes have applied for payments under the domestic RHI.
Looking at the non-domestic RHI figures, which has been running for longer, a big majority (93%) of applications are for biomass boilers.
The domestic RHI figures however, show 37% of people are applying for payments for an air source heat pump. The next most popular is solar thermal (25%), and then biomass systems (22%) and ground source heat pumps (16%).
Plumb and Parts Center head of sustainability Tim Pollard said: “It’s still very early days as the domestic RHI only went live on 9 April this year, but even in this short period of time there’s a lot we can read into.
“It’s interesting to look at the breakdown of new applications, which shows biomass (43%), ASHP (32%), Solar Thermal (20%), GSHP (5%).
“Geography is also important. Renewables are particularly appealing in off-grid areas as the people there don’t have access to the cheapest energy, gas. This is reflected in the figures for both the domestic and non-domestic RHI, where most applications have come from the South West and Scotland; with the West Midlands and South East providing the next biggest numbers.”