The government has confirmed it is extending the deadline for applications to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme by a year.

It was set up to encourage the uptake of renewable heat technologies among households, communities and businesses by providing financial incentives to contribute towards the UK’s 2020 goal of 12% of heating coming from renewable sources.

Under previous regulations, all plants will a tariff guarantee would have needed to commence injection of biomethane by 31st January 2020 or 183 days after the date when the applicant expected the project to begin.

However, they will now have until 31st January 2021 to do so following an industry campaign.

According to BEIS, the government has granted 43 tariff guarantees for large-scale projects since May 2018, the majority of which produce biomethane for injection to the gas grid.

Projects with an existing tariff guarantee will be eligible to withdraw their current application and reapply to the extended allocation of the scheme to achieve a later commissioning date.

The news follows industry concerns about the original deadline being “extremely tight”, when taking into account the build times of biomethane projects and the time needed by the gas networks to verify that the commissioning followed appropriate procedures.

In a letter to BEIS, it warned a number of biomethane plant developers and funders could abandon their investments and projects unless a quick decision was made to extend the deadline.