Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

                                                         Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

 The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat that provides a financial incentive designed to encourage uptake of renewable heating among domestic consumers. The domestic RHI is targeted at, but not limited to, homes off the gas grid. Those without mains gas have the most potential to save on fuel bills and decrease carbon emissions. People who join the scheme and stick to its rules, receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat that their system produces.

Eligibility requirements – the applicant

  • The domestic RHI scheme covers single domestic dwellings and is open to owner-occupiers, private landlords, Registered Providers of Social Housing, and self-builders. It is not available to new build properties other than self-build projects.
  • The domestic RHI is open to anyone in these groups who installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009, provided they meet the scheme’s criteria.

Eligibility requirements – the technology

The domestic RHI supports the following renewable heating technologies:

  • Biomass (wood fuelled) boilers
  • Biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers which provide space heating
  • Ground to water heat pumps
  • Air to water heat pumps
  • Solar thermal panels – flat plate or evacuated tube only which provide got water for your home

Eligibility – other requirements

  • Systems and installers must be certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (or equivalent)
  • The systems must be listed on the Product Eligibility list produced by Ofgem.
  • All applicants are required to complete a Green Deal Assessment (GDA) and to ensure they meet minimum energy efficiency requirements of loft and cavity insulation where required by the GDA. This includes households that have already installed their renewable heating system before the launch of the Domestic RHI.
  • Systems must meet other criteria specific to each technology

Useful Links

Renewable Heat Incentive – RHI calculator

Energy Saving Trust Website – Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

Ofgem Website – Product Eligibility List



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