Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. Created by the Government the scheme has been set up to promote the use of renewable heat technologies among UK homeowners.
By paying participants who generate and consume renewable energy to heat their buildings, the scheme aims to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets for reducing the effects of climate change.
People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces.
Current rates and tariff.
As of Spring 2017 the tariff for a new Air Source Heat Pump installations will be increasing from 7.51 to 10.02 pence per-kilowatt hour (p/kWh). An increase of 33%.
Who is eligible for RHI?
Launched on 9 April 2014, the RHI is open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords and self-builders who can claim for:
- Biomass boilers
- Solar water heating
- Certain heat pumps
Payments are made for seven years and are based on the amount of renewable heat generated by your heating system.
How can I apply for RHI?
All RHI applications must be accompanied by a Green Deal Advice report, which consists of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and an Occupancy Assessment that assesses how you use energy in your home.
Alternatively if you have had an EPC assessment on your home you can use the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Payment Calculator to find out how much you could save.
To find out more information about the RHI scheme and to apply, visit the Ofgem website.