The Renewable Heat Incentive is the first of its kind in the world. There are two phases to the introduction of the RHI:
- the RHI for non-domestic installations in the industrial, business and public sectors.
- the domestic element of the RHI, introduced in spring 2014
The domestic RHI provides financial incentives to owners of eligible, renewable heating systems on their homes. It supports air source heat pumps (ASHP), biomass systems, ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and solar thermal technologies with tariffs varying depending on the technology.
To get an idea of the potential payments you could receive if you have installed an eligible renewable heat technology, try out the Government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payment calculator.
The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland only.
Ofgem is responsible for administering the scheme which opened in Spring 2014. Find out about eligibility criteria and the application process by visiting Ofgem.
The Renewable Heat Incentive
The UK Government expects the RHI to make a significant contribution towards their 2020 ambition of having 12 per cent of heating coming from renewable sources.
The domestic RHI is open to owner occupiers, private landlords, Registered Providers of Social Housing and self-builders who have installed an eligible technology since 15thJuly 2009, provided they meet the scheme criteria.
Successful applicants will receive quarterly payments for seven years. Any public grants previously received, including the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP), will be deducted to avoid a double subsidy.
- solar electricity (PV) (roof mounted or stand alone)
- wind turbines (building mounted or free standing)
- anaerobic digesters
- micro combined heat and power (CHP)