Incentives and Assistance   

Incentives and Assistance

RHI

The Renewable Heat Incentive is the first of its kind in the world.  There are two phases to the introduction of the RHI:

  1. the RHI for non-domestic installations in the industrial, business and public sectors.
  2. the domestic element of the RHI, introduced in spring 2014

Domestic RHI​
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.

FITs

About the Feed-In Tariff
Feed-In Tariffs were introduced on 1 April 2010 and replaced UK government grants as the main financial incentive to encourage uptake of renewable electricity-generating technologies. Most domestic technologies qualify for the scheme, including:
  • solar electricity (PV) (roof mounted or stand alone)
  • wind turbines (building mounted or free standing)
  • hydroelectricity
  • anaerobic digesters
  • micro combined heat and power (CHP)
The UK Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes the key decisions on FITs in terms of government policy. The energy regulator Ofgem administers the scheme.
For you to qualify for FITs, the installer and the products you use must both be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), except hydro and anaerobic digestion which have to go through the ROO-FIT process.
The tariffs you receive depend on both the eligibility date and, for solar PV, your property’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.

"The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through the provision of financial incentives. 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 UK Government's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) makes the key decisions on FITs in terms of government policy. Your energy supplier will make the FITs payments to you. The large energy suppliers are required by law to provide them; smaller suppliers are not, but many have opted to offer them anyway. Go to the Ofgem website for a list of FITs-licensed suppliers."