Boiler Upgrade Scheme
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Ofgem have launched the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS).
Installers are now able to make voucher and redemption applications. Please note that – although the voucher application system opened on 23 May 2022 – installations commissioned from 1 April 2022 will be eligible to apply for the BUS.
To apply for a BUS grant, contractors will need to set-up a BUS installer account. Applications can then be submitted to Ofgem, more information is at the bottom of this page.
What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?
A new, flat, upfront grant, the BUS comprises £450million of total support over a three-year period.
Announced in the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy, the BUS follows the Domestic Renewable Heating Incentive (DRHI), which closed at midnight on 31 March 2022.
The BUS allows consumers to apply for a one-off grant payment of:
- £5,000 towards the cost of an air-source heat pump (ASHP) or biomass installation
- or £6,000 towards the cost of a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) installation.
Please be aware that biomass installations are only supported in limited circumstances, and solar thermal is excluded from the scheme.
Installers will be required to lead the voucher application on behalf of the consumer.
Homes and small non-domestic buildings on and off the gas grid, including owner-occupiers, private landlords and custom-builds, are eligible for the BUS. New buildings and social housing will not be eligible for support. The consumer must have an EPC issued within the last 10 years to qualify.
Grants are capped at a total budget of £150 million per year over the next three years.
More details on the BUS can be found here.
Registering and applying for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme
If you wish to submit applications for grants under the scheme, you will be required to create a BUS installer account with Ofgem.
You must submit a registration form directly to Ofgem in order to create your account. You can download the form from the Ofgem website here.
Ofgem has also published detailed guidance to help you through the process – here.
Ofgem’s online application portal launch has been delayed until the end of July, but applications can still be made via editable PDFs.
- The voucher application form is available via Ofgem – here.
- The redemption application form is available via Ofgem – here.
For any installations commissioned between 1 April and 23 May, you will be able to apply for vouchers and redemption at the same time. Applications under this temporary approach must be made before 31 May 2022.
Key resources for installers and property owners
Here is a list of key resources for installers by Ofgem:
- Installer guidance
- BUS account creation guidance
- Boiler Upgrade Scheme Regulations: approved standards
- Draft BUS regulations
- Product Eligibility List
Property owners should access the guidance by Ofgem.
For more in-depth information on guidance related to criteria and eligibility for the BUS, read our dedicated blog.
If you need further help, contact us.
MCS is undertaking checks on heating system installations completed by MCS installers using a grant from the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. We will be contacting homeowners directly to capture information to carry out these checks.
Please let your customers know that we may contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0333 103 8198. They should aim to respond within seven days of receiving our communication.
If you need further help, contact us.
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