As a temporary measure pending the introduction of the Green Deal in 2012, the Government has made available £15 million to householders to install renewable heating systems. The scheme is called the Renewal Heating Premium Payment. It began on 1 August and covers installations of systems such as biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar panels. Where funds are provided, the installation must be made before 31 March 2012. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has allocated £3 million of the fund to registered providers of social housing such as local authorities and housing associations. Such organisations can bid for a share of the funds up to £175,000 per organisation. Successful applicants then spend the funds on installing renewable heating systems at properties which they rent out. Applications must be made before 15 September to the Energy Savings Trust.

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